Govt assistant who accused New York Gov. Cuomo of groping speaks publicly
A December 31, 2019, “selfie” picture taken of a lady recognized as “Govt Assistant #1, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, contained in a report issued by workplace of Lawyer Normal Letitia James. The lady has made a felony criticism in opposition to Cuomo, who allegedly groped her rear finish when this picture 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 felony criticism in opposition to the governor.
Brittany Commisso, throughout an interview with “CBS This Morning” and the Albany Instances Union, stated she filed the criticism in opposition to Cuomo as a result of “it was the fitting factor to do,” in line 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 against the law. He broke the regulation.”
Commisso is recognized as “Govt Assistant #1” in a report launched final week by state Lawyer Normal Letitia James on Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment of practically a dozen ladies.
Commisso advised investigators retained by James that the governor grabbed after which rubbed her rear finish throughout a selfie picture taken on the Govt Mansion in Albany. Commisso additionally claimed that Cuomo reached underneath her shirt and grabbed her breast whereas he gave her a hug, in line with the report.
The governor is going through an anticipated impeachment and may very well be arrested if authorities decide there’s 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 stated on Tuesday.
Rita Glavin, an lawyer for the governor, has disputed the timeline given by Commisso and claimed there’s 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 stated on Friday.
The 165-page report, which contains interviews with 179 witnesses and a evaluate of tens of hundreds of paperwork, outlines Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment of practically 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 in opposition to 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