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Woman accusing Cuomo of sexual misconduct files criminal complaint

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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A former employee has filed a criminal complaint against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, following her allegation of sexual misconduct, according to a report by attorney general Letitia James.

In a complaint she filed with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the former executive assistant accused the governor of reaching under her blouse and groping her at the Executive Mansion in Albany in November 2020.

“I think we’ve all read the attorney general’s report, I think we all know what’s in it,” Sheriff Craig Apple told reporters during a press conference in the state capital on Saturday, adding, “At this point, I’m very comfortable and safe saying she’s in fact a victim.”

He went on to say that if the investigation turned up criminal behavior, it might “lead to an arrest.”

“The end result could either be it sounds substantiated and an arrest is made and it would be up to the DA to prosecute the arrest,” he told the New York Post.

“Just because of who it is we are not going to rush it or delay it,” Apple added.

When asked what kind of charges Cuomo, a Democrat, might face if charges were to come down, he said he was “really on the peripherals of this, but it would probably be a misdemeanor” or perhaps several.

The former aide was one of at least 11 women who, according to state investigators, were sexually harassed by Cuomo.

Cuomo groped, kissed or made “suggestive” comments to the women, who include current and former members of his administration, in violation of the law.

James said he engaged in "unwelcome and nonconsensual touching," noting the conduct created a "hostile work environment for women."

The findings prompted local prosecutors to launch a criminal investigation and reignited calls for Cuomo to resign or be impeached.

"I think he should resign," President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

At a news briefing on Friday, lawyers defending Cuomo asserted that the investigation was biased from the start.

"There has been no open-minded fact-finding in this case," said Rita Glavin, a lawyer representing Cuomo. "The investigation was conducted to support a predetermined narrative."

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