On Tuesday, the New York Attorney General’s Office released a report of the office’s investigation regarding sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo.  As most of you probably know, several women accused Cuomo of inappropriate sexual conduct.  External investigators retained by the Attorney General substantiated many of the allegations. The investigators made legal findings (which is unusual in the context of an external investigation), concluding that Cuomo engaged in “unwelcome and nonconsensual touching,” and made comments of a “suggestive” sexual nature. They also found that Cuomo’s behavior extended beyond members of his staff to New York state employees, including a State Trooper on his protective detail, and members of the public.  The investigators also determined that the Governor’s office did not appropriately respond to complaints about his conduct because of the “culture of fear.”

In recorded brief remarks, Cuomo denied the allegations and encouraged viewers to visit his website to review his attorney’s allegation-by-allegation rebuttal.

President Biden and others have called for Cuomo’s resignation.  The New York Assembly is looking at options to remove Cuomo from office.

There are so many lessons…

Read the report here. Listen to the report briefing here.

Watch Cuomo’s remarks here.  Read Cuomo’s rebuttal here.

 

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