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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 Legal professional Normal Letitia James. The lady has made a prison grievance towards Cuomo, who allegedly groped her rear finish when this photograph was taken.

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An government assistant for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who informed investigators that he groped her breast and rear finish has spoken publicly for the primary time since submitting a prison grievance towards the governor.

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

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

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

Commisso informed 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 accordance with the report.

The governor is going through an anticipated impeachment and might be arrested if authorities decide there may be possible trigger to consider her grievance.

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

Rita Glavin, an lawyer 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 acknowledged within the report is fake,” Glavin stated on Friday.

The 165-page report, which includes interviews with 179 witnesses and a overview of tens of hundreds of paperwork, outlines Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment of practically a dozen girls 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 girls. 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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