What You Need To Know:
A five-month long investigation has revealed that Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees, creating a hostile work environment for women.
During a news conference Tuesday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James released the 165-page report that included interviews with 179 individuals. In all, the investigation found that Cuomo harassed 11 women, including a state trooper in his detail.
“This investigation has revealed conduct that corrodes the very fabric and character of our state government,” James said at a news conference.
The probe was launched after multiple women accused Cuomo of inappropriate personal comments or physical contact. Earlier this year, former aide Lindsey Boylan alleged that she was a sexual target of the governor for years, saying he touched her lower back and arms and once kissed her. His aides later released details from her personnel file, which the investigation concluded was “unlawful retaliation.”
Other former employees came forward with similar stories after Boylan’s claims. Charlotte Bennett, another former aide, told the New York Times that Cuomo made sexually suggestive comments while a third staffer said that Cuomo groped her in the governor’s mansion last year.
When asked if the governor should resign, James said “that decision is ultimately up to the governor of the state of New York.”
Many, including President Joe Biden, called on Cuomi to resign.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” Cuomo said in response to the report. “I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am, and that’s not who I have ever been.”
Cuomo remains under investigation by federal and state authorities for his administration’s handling of nursing home deaths during the pandemic, access that Cuomo family members were given to coronavirus testing, and other allegations.
Why We Need to Know:
No employee should be subjected to harassment in the workplace and should be free to contribute their skills and talents to make a decent living. We must hold our leaders accountable for their actions, no matter what side of the political spectrum they reside.