Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo refused to resign and denied the findings Tuesday of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him.
After nearly five months, the investigators concluded that Governor Cuomo did sexually harass multiple women — including former and current state employees — by engaging in unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging, and making inappropriate comments.
According to Attorney General Letitia James said the governor and his senior staff took actions to retaliate against at least one former employee for coming forward with her story.
“This is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law,” said Attorney General James. “I am grateful to all the women who came forward to tell their stories in painstaking detail, enabling investigators to get to the truth. No man — no matter how powerful — can be allowed to harass women or violate our human rights laws, period.”
The governor spoke out Tuesday following the results of the investigation, saying his attorneys have compiled responses to the allegations.
“I want you to know directly from me, I never touched anyone inappropriately,” the governor said in a video response.
The investigation found that Governor Cuomo’s sexual harassment of multiple women and his and the Executive Chamber’s retaliation against a former employee for coming forward with her claims of sexual harassment violated multiple state and federal laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and 42 U.S. Code § 1983, in addition to the Executive Chamber’s own equal employment policies.
“This just did not happen,” Cuomo said.
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