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Government assistant who accused New York Gov. Cuomo of groping speaks publicly

A December 31, 2019, “selfie” photograph taken of a girl recognized as “Government Assistant #1, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, contained in a report issued by workplace of Lawyer Normal Letitia James. The girl has made a legal criticism towards Cuomo, who allegedly groped her rear finish when this photograph was taken.

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An govt assistant for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who advised investigators that he groped her breast and rear finish has spoken publicly for the primary time since submitting a legal criticism towards the governor.

Brittany Commisso, throughout an interview with “CBS This Morning” and the Albany Instances Union, mentioned she filed the criticism towards Cuomo as a result of “it was the suitable factor to do,” in response to a clip of the interview, which is able to air Monday morning.

“The governor must be held accountable,” Commisso mentioned. “What he did to me was a criminal offense. He broke the legislation.”

Commisso is recognized as “Government Assistant #1” in a report launched final week by state Lawyer Normal Letitia James on Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment of almost a dozen ladies.

Commisso advised investigators retained by James that the governor grabbed after which rubbed her rear finish throughout a selfie photograph taken on the Government Mansion in Albany. Commisso additionally claimed that Cuomo reached underneath her shirt and grabbed her breast whereas he gave her a hug, in response to the report.

The governor is dealing with an anticipated impeachment and might be arrested if authorities decide there may be possible trigger to consider her criticism.

Cuomo has denied sexually harassing any lady. “I by no means touched anybody inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” the governor mentioned on Tuesday.

Rita Glavin, an legal professional for the governor, has disputed the timeline given by Commisso and claimed there may be proof not included within the report that undermines the credibility of her story.

“This lady’s story as said within the report is fake,” Glavin mentioned on Friday.

The 165-page report, which includes interviews with 179 witnesses and a evaluation of tens of hundreds of paperwork, outlines Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment of almost a dozen ladies who work or had labored for the state and elsewhere.

The report says the governor engaged in nonconsensual touching, groping, kissing and hugging, in addition to made inappropriate remarks to ladies. It additionally says the governor retaliated towards a former worker who complained publicly about his conduct.

Learn extra concerning the “CBS This Morning and the Albany Instances Union interview right here.

—CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed reporting

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