An investigation has concluded that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 ladies, together with present and former state workers, civilians, and even a state trooper on his safety element. The governor is crying foul.
Cuomo engaged in “unwelcome and nonconsensual touching” in addition to making feedback of a “suggestive” sexual nature, making a “hostile work surroundings for girls,” state Lawyer Common Letitia James declared on Tuesday as she launched the findings of a months-long investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by the three-term Democratic governor.
“I consider ladies. And I consider these 11 ladies,” James declared, alluding to the ‘consider ladies’ slogan that grew to become standard with the rise of the #MeToo motion in 2017.
The state’s investigation discovered all 11 of Cuomo’s accusers to be credible of their accusations, noting that whereas Cuomo himself had denied sure claims made by a few of the ladies, investigators “discovered his denials to lack credibility and to be inconsistent with the load of proof obtained throughout our investigation.”
Certainly, Cuomo’s unflinching refusal to confess wrongdoing or apologize has solely hardened since former aide Lindsey Boylan first went public along with her allegations of undesirable sexual contact in December.
The governor insisted in a weird press convention on Tuesday that he had “by no means touched anybody inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” singling out one other former aide whose accusations – unfaithful, he maintained – supposedly lower the deepest.
Cuomo described how Charlotte Bennett, who allegedly opened as much as him of her personal volition concerning her historical past as a sufferer of sexual harassment, reminded him of a youthful feminine relative of his who had been equally victimized. Any seemingly inappropriate habits by the governor towards Bennett, he insisted, was merely the governor “attempting to verify she was working her method by [the trauma] the most effective she might.” His rationalization appeared to suggest that Bennett and her legal professionals have been at fault for failing to see the goodness on the coronary heart of Cuomo’s feedback.
The harassment apparently was not restricted to ladies on Cuomo’s employees, the report mentioned. His accusers included civilians and even a state trooper, a member of his safety element. One other state trooper who was current was in a position to affirm Cuomo’s undesirable touching in that case. The governor at one level requested her to assist him discover a girlfriend, creepily noting his superb mate have to be somebody who “can deal with ache.”
The report’s findings prolonged past undesirable touching and innuendo to Cuomo’s reportedly vindictive skilled habits and an obvious tradition of worry in his workplace.
“We additionally conclude that the Government Chamber’s tradition – one stuffed with worry and intimidation, whereas on the identical time normalizing the Governor’s frequent flirtations and gender-based feedback – contributed to the circumstances that allowed the sexual harassment to happen and persist,” investigators Joon Kim and Anne Clark, who labored alongside AG James on the investigation, wrote within the report.
“That tradition additionally influenced the improper and insufficient methods during which the Government Chamber has responded to allegations of harassment,” they wrote.
Waving off criticism on Tuesday, Cuomo as a substitute modified the topic, defensively noting that his workplace is “a demanding place to work and it’s not a spot for everybody.”
Responding to the allegations of inappropriate touching, he even performed a weird montage of himself kissing and hugging numerous individuals he has met through the years.
James’ workforce have spoken to 179 individuals and pored over 74,000 gadgets of proof over the course of the probe, the AG mentioned, describing the “deeply disturbing but clear image” that emerged. Whereas the trio repeatedly described Cuomo’s habits as “illegal,” no choice was made as as to if the conduct “quantities to or needs to be the topic of prison prosecution.”
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