A report of the findings of a six-month-long investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s office into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s conduct has found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees, and cultivated a toxic work environment.
It also concludes that Cuomo retaliated against at least one accuser after she came forward with her story regarding sexual harassment in his office.
Laetitia James, New York State Attorney General, announced her office’s findings on Tuesday. The report concluded that Cuomo broke multiple state and federal laws during his tenure as the governor of New York.
Within the report, which numbers over 150 pages, Democrat Cuomo’s pattern of sexual harassment is laid bare through numerous allegations made by employees and staff members.
Cuomo created toxic work environment, allowing him to sexually harass employees
Cuomo was able to get away with sexually harassing members of staff after cultivating a toxic workplace environment that included intimidation and fear, the report charges.
Green hired two outside investigators, top federal prosecutor Joon H. Kim and employment lawyer Anne E. Clark, to conduct the probe into Cuomo’s conduct while in office.
Investigators pored through emails, text messages, and written accounts from members of staff, and conducted countless interviews with victims and witnesses.
According to reports, Cuomo was subject to an 11-hour round of questioning in relation to the investigation earlier this month.
The long-awaited report may fuel calls for Governor Cuomo’s resignation or even impeachment.
The first accusation of sexual harassment emerged in late February, when a former employee described a series of unwanted advances by the governor, including a kiss in his office, in front of other people.
Report could fuel calls for Cuomo’s resignation, impeachment
Shortly after the former staff member came forward, a rush of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Cuomo came to light.
After the half-dozen allegations of sexual harassment, which included unwanted touching and inappropriate comments, emerged in early 2021, many democrats openly disavowed Cuomo, son of longtime New York politician Mario Cuomo.
Despite calls to resign, the New York governor maintained that if he had made any women uncomfortable, it was not his intention, and that he did not believe that any of his conduct amounted to sexual harassment.
The third-term governor, who had once seen soaring approval ratings over his no-nonsense handling of the coronavirus pandemic, fell from grace for his role in allegedly covering up nursing home deaths as well.
His fall was compounded when the New York State Assembly launched a broad impeachment investigation into his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.
Investigators brought on by the Assembly are also conducting research to determine if the governor engaged in any abuses of power in office independent of the sexual harassment allegations.