Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces renewed legal challenges as his former executive assistant, Brittany Commisso, filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment. The three-page summons was submitted to the state Supreme Court in Albany just before the expiration of the Adult Survivors Act, providing a one-year window for victims to file claims otherwise barred by time limits.
Who is Brittany Commisso?
Brittany Commisso, Cuomo’s former executive assistant, is at the center of the legal action against the ex-governor. Commisso is one of at least 11 women who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Cuomo, contributing to his resignation in 2021 amid the #MeToo movement.
Her lawsuit specifically alleges sexual harassment, unwanted touching, and claims she faced repercussions for reporting these incidents. Seeking monetary damages, Commisso’s legal action sheds light on the aftermath of the scandal that rocked Cuomo’s political career.
Commisso’s allegations previously resulted in a criminal charge against Cuomo, which was dismissed last year at the request of a county prosecutor. While Commisso remains resolute in her claims, Cuomo’s attorney, Rita M. Glavin, vehemently denies the accusations, labeling them as “provably false” and characterizing the lawsuit as a “transparent attempt at a cash grab.”
The legal backdrop of the Adult Survivors Act, which allowed Commisso to file her lawsuit just before the deadline, has ushered in a wave of cases against notable figures accused of sexual misconduct.
This legal avenue has empowered survivors to seek justice, contributing to a surge of over 2,500 lawsuits, including cases against prominent figures like former President Donald Trump, hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, and comedian and actor Russell Brand. As Commisso’s case unfolds, it adds another chapter to the ongoing conversation surrounding accountability and justice in the #MeToo era.