New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responds to allegations from state AG



CNBC’s Contessa Brewer reports that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has strongly denied sexual harassment allegations following an investigation by the office of state Attorney General Letitia James. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women and then retaliated against a former employee who complained publicly about his conduct, according to a bombshell report released Tuesday by state Attorney General Letitia James.

The monthslong probe concluded that Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law,” James said at a press conference. Her office noted, however, that there were no specific penalties tied to the report.

The 165-page report, which comprises interviews with 179 witnesses and a review of tens of thousands of documents, also said that Cuomo’s office was riddled with fear and intimidation and was a hostile work environment for many staffers.

Cuomo harassed members of his own staff, members of the public and other state employees, one of whom was a state trooper on his protective detail, the report alleges. He engaged in nonconsensual touching, groping, kissing and hugging, and made inappropriate comments toward numerous women, according to the report.

It also concluded that the governor’s denials “lack credibility” and were “inconsistent with the weight of the evidence” gathered throughout the probe.

A somber but defiant Cuomo strongly denied some of the allegations against him later Tuesday and said that other examples of his alleged misconduct had been mischaracterized or misinterpreted.

The findings reveal “a deeply disturbing, yet clear, picture,” James said, describing Cuomo’s office as “a toxic workplace.”

The announcement came about two weeks after Cuomo was interviewed by investigators retained by James’ office for the probe. Cuomo was reportedly questioned for 11 hours.

Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins reiterated her prior calls for Cuomo to resign. “It should be clear to everyone that he can no longer serve as Governor,” she said in a statement.

Mariann Wang, a lawyer for two accusers, Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis, said in a statement, “Cuomo’s misogyny and abuse cannot be denied.”

“He has been doing this for years, without any repercussions. He should not be in charge of our government and should not be in any position of power over anyone else,” Wang’s statement said.

Debra Katz, an attorney for former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, echoed Wang, saying Cuomo and other complicit staff “must resign immediately.”

“If he does not, the New York State Assembly must accept the Attorney General’s findings and begin taking the appropriate steps to remove him from office,” Katz said in a statement.

The probe into numerous women’s allegations of sexual harassment by Cuomo began in March, after the state’s executive chamber granted James’ request to investigate.

Later that same month, dozens of Democratic state lawmakers — including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with whom Cuomo has long had a fraught relationship — urged the governor to resign.

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, also a Democrat, in mid-March authorized a panel to launch an impeachment investigation into the harassment claims and other allegations of wrongdoing by Cuomo, including whether his staff tried to hide or alter data on coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes.

Cuomo has defended himself against all the allegations and has repeatedly rebuffed calls for his resignation, though he has apologized for making some women feel uncomfortable.

“I never harassed anyone, I never assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone,” Cuomo said in March. “I’m not going to resign.”

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43 comments

  1. COUMO PRESS CONFERENCE IS A DISGRACE BLAMMING THE FED GOV. FOR BEING UNPREPARED FOR COVID. NOW LIES ABOUT HIS ABUSE OF WOMAN, EXPECT NOTHING LESS FROM THIS FAMILY.

  2. Why are we more offended with sexual harassment, (the victim is still breathing and could have said, no.’), than hundreds of victims of Cuomo’s mismanagement of the nursing homes? Not titillating enough? I grew up before there were laws protecting women, and I’m sick of the partisan politics regarding this issue. You trivialize what some women REALLY experienced.

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  4. For all idiots who can’t Remember one year..
    I watched this man every day..
    CUOMO WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO ACTED SANE…
    USA GOVERNMENT SIMPLY LEFT NEW YORK AT HIS OWN…
    Cuomo did the UNBELIEVEBLE …
    In my view he is the ONLY AMERICAN THAT REACTTED AS Eastern Europe or China Covid measures …. Because is italian and sow the mistakes of Italy…
    We did what he tried to do… America killed New York…
    America left New York alone,
    America did nothing to help New York..
    USA GOVERNMENT lunatic stupid response killed those old people…
    Cuomo everyday had an hour press conference and explained each day what the situation is, what must be done to prevent disaster… What the city have as resources and staff and what need….
    NOTHING WHAT HE ASKED WAS DONE…
    NOTHING WHAT HE SAID WAS UNDERSTOOD..
    DAMNNNN FOOLS

    https://youtu.be/slThUai_1Ro
    https://youtu.be/ujjWb-mOMx4

  5. OMG! It's like listening to Clinton's testimony all over again! He is using the same words! Are they all the same?

  6. I'm not saying he didn't do it..But if I was in a room or near him..He would be changing me for sexual assualt wit his fine@%%#female

  7. Umm HELLOO????? what pictures do u have showing him trying to kiss on the lips those are all kisses on the cheek and that looks like an exact Italian thing that is done.. stop up uplaying it. This is all a witchhunt in the words of trump

  8. Lol Im 100% Italian. Yes we grew up kissing, hugging, def more outward physical show of affection. But that we KNOW the difference between that in family/ close friend settings and THE WORKPLACE. Nice try with the excuses there Cuomo. Thanks for giving us a bad name lol. And nice blaming Trump with repub backing…THE ONLY REASON CUOMO WAS THERE AS LONG AS HE WAS BECAUSE OF THE DEMS. Thousands of elderly Died, and he STILL had Dem backing so just shut up.

  9. This dude did not help himself today. He showed no genuine remorse. That is not going to go over well. He’s all business and intellectualizes for his own benefit. It’s disgusting.

  10. Hey Cuomo whatever happened to The Manner of a handshake. do you not know the meaning of a handshake. you could hand shake all these people without sitting there putting your hands and your lips all over them. You went beyond doing wrong you stepped in their space and you inappropriately touch people that never even approached or touched you the way you touch them. Did you forget about a handshake, that's what normal people do, they do handshakes.

  11. He's got a point there, but he's still making Italians look bad by using that "culture tradition? Idk" as an excuse for making those women uncomfortable, and then continuing to make them uncomfortable after knowing that.

    In short, it's not his point to make because it doesn't apply if you continue to do this even after people tell you to stop, or just simply try to keep a distance at the very least which is enough for any sane person to understand and take necessary action on.

    Andrew Cuomo is THE worst thing that's happened to NY since 9/11, and I hope for the sake of all New Yorkers that he gets impeached and out of office ASAP.

  12. Hahahahahahahaha! Chris and his Brother are going down! Watch out attorney you will go down with them. Bye Chris bye Nipple ring Govenor! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  13. Once again one victim came out. Then a whole lot come after.. Only happens for people on world stage 🙄.

  14. The governor did not do it. The leftist democratic party did not like the fact Cuomo went against what the party was looking to do. Look at what Deblasio did defund the police and look at our streets now. Where did that new found money go to: THE LEFTIST DEMOCRATIC PARTY. WAKE UP EVERYONE WE ARE HEADING DOWN THE PATH OF NO RETURN…

  15. SALUDOS, MÁS ALLÁ DE LO QUE HA HECHO EL SR. CUOMO, LE HA SERVIDO A JOE BIDEN PARA PEDIR SU RENUNCIA Y ASÍ SACARLO DEL MEDIO COMO CONTRNCANTE EN UNA PAPELETA PRESIDENCIAL. PUES EL PRESIDENTE BIDEN SABE QUE EL SEÑOR GOBERNADOR DE N.Y.EN UNA CONTIENDA PRESIDENCIAL EN UNAS PRIMARIAS, EL SR. CUOMO LE GANARÍA LA CANDIDATURA A LA PRESIDENCIA. POR OTRA MANO , EL SEÑOR CUOMO ESTA COSECHANDO LO QUE HA SEMBRADO DURANTE SU GOBERNACION, …..CON MUCHO
    RESPETO MI OPINION..J.S.D…P.R….BLESING.

  16. A strong Presidential ticket for 2024 could be Governor Pervert(Cuomo) and Governor Blackface(Northam).

  17. He is who he is. With tons of evidence against him, he is still trying to brush everything aside. His action reminds me what a kid would do.

  18. Bullying? Toxic environment? Sounds like the liberal media, big tech, and the entire Democrat party.

  19. I hope Cuomo is given the same fairness Kavanaugh was by the dems….bring that guilty S.O.B. in here and let's put him on trial.

  20. Strange that he and his brother have not blamed trump yet. AG is a Total Joke! Strange thing that CNBC brings up Trump. But has not blamed Trump yet.

  21. Everyone below the governor is required to have ethics train yearly and the Governor is above the law??? He should be fired, arrested, and charged. Anyone else would be in jail in a flash if the did this!!!

  22. Cuomo and his giant swab were the talk of the town for months, and now look at him, will be right next to the liberal media's other all star Michael Avinati in prison.

  23. Oh? What's that you say? The facts are quite different from what was reported?

    You mean to say, Andrew, that in actuality, you were really just being a great human being?

    My goodness! What an unfortunate misunderstanding!

    By the way, his affected blue collah outta borough ethnic accent never sounded phonier. It seems like whenever he gets in trouble he doubles down on the "me so ethnic" schtick.

    But I digress…

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