What led to investigation against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Attorney General Letitia James said her investigation found that Cuomo engaged in "unwelcome and non-consensual touching"
“I never touched anyone inappropriately," Cuomo said
The attorneys spoke to 179 individuals related to the case
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has been found to have sexually harassed multiple women after the New York attorney general's investigation report was revealed on Tuesday. Attorney General Letitia James announced Cuomo to be guilty, reports CNN.
James said her investigation found that Cuomo engaged in "unwelcome and non-consensual touching."
“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. 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 said on the report, New York Times reported.
What led to the investigation?
The first allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo came in February when his former aide Charlotte Bennett alleged that the governor had asked her questions about her sex life in June 2020 in his office in the state Capitol. She told New York Times that she interpreted Cuomo's comments to be "clear overtures to a sexual relationship."
Another aide Lindsey Boylan had accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in a tweet in December last year.
After Bennett’s allegations, multiple women came forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment. Cuomo denied sexual harassment and is defying calls to quit from fellow New York Democrats and members of Congress.
The attorneys spoke to 179 individuals, several of the women who have accused the governor and top officials in the Cuomo administration, and have subpoenaed or acquired documents such as state data, emails, and text messages.
Cuomo was questioned by investigators from the attorney general's office for over 11 hours last month.
James said they reviewed 74,000 pieces of evidence and they painted a "deeply disturbing yet clear picture."