NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A authorized value has been filed in the direction of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
It stems from Attorney General Letitia James‘ sexual harassment investigation that led to his resignation in August, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.
READ MORE: Cuomo criminal complaint
The price is forcible touching. The grievance, filed by the Albany County sheriff, costs Cuomo with intentionally touching a former aide, “for the goal of degrading and gratifying his sexual wants.”
“What this tells me is the sheriff’s office believes the sufferer, has corroboration that backs up their claims, they usually’re ready to maneuver forward,” state Sen. Todd Kaminsky suggested CBS2’s Dick Brennan.
The grievance obtained right here larger than two months after former aide Brittany Commisso launched the case to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
“To me, this was a dream job and it, sadly, was a nightmare,” Commisso acknowledged once more in early August.
Commisso was talking about her value that Cuomo groped her on the Govt Mansion whereas working with him on his state of the state speech. On the time, he requested her to take a selfie using her cellphone.
The incident led to a correct misdemeanor grievance being filed by the Albany County sheriff.
“He put his hand up my shirt and cupped my breast over my bra. I exactly take into account making an attempt down, seeing his hand, which is an enormous hand, contemplating to myself, ‘Oh my God, that’s occurring,’” Commisso acknowledged.
Prosecutors ought to current that Cuomo acted each to degrade his sufferer, or for his private sexual gratification. The value is a Class A misdemeanor.
“Although the regulation is classed as a misdemeanor, it doesn’t suggest that this isn’t essential. It merely means the Legislature has decided that this shouldn’t be punishable by a number of yr in jail,” licensed expert Brian Wagner suggested Brennan. “The governor is now on uncover that there’s a authorized courtroom grievance that he should reply. He’ll go to courtroom, plead not accountable, and the case will most likely be adjourned.”
In response to Commisso’s lawyer, the movement taken in the direction of Cuomo really obtained right here as a shock.
“It was my client’s understanding that the district lawyer’s office would conduct a radical apolitical investigation into the matter after which concentrate on all associated factors with my client sooner than any alternative was made about whether or not or not a authorized movement might be commenced solely after she gave her educated consent,” lawyer Brian Premo acknowledged. “It was her understanding that the sheriff’s office had moreover agreed to that course of as a result of the district lawyer is the prosecuting authority. She was surprised by the flip of events, nevertheless she has been and might keep a resolute, cooperating sufferer in pursuit of blind justice.”
James acknowledged in a press launch what occurred Thursday gives way more credibility to her report.
“From the second my office acquired the referral to analysis allegations that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed a variety of women, we proceeded with out fear or favor. The authorized costs launched presently in the direction of Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report,” James acknowledged.
Rita Glavin, Cuomo’s lawyer acknowledged, “Gov. Cuomo has in no way assaulted anyone, and Sheriff Apple’s motives proper listed here are clearly improper. Sheriff Apple didn’t even inform the District Lawyer what he was doing. Nevertheless Apple’s conduct isn’t any shock given,, one, his Aug. 7 press conference, the place he primarily pronounced the governor accountable sooner than doing an investigation, and, two, his office’s leaking of grand jury information. This isn’t expert regulation enforcement; that’s politics.”
Added Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi: “‘By probability’ submitting a authorized value with out notification and consent of the prosecuting physique doesn’t transfer the chuckle check out and this course of reeks of Albany politics and perhaps worse. The reality that the AG — as predicted — is about to announce a run for governor is misplaced on no person. The fact about what occurred with this cowboy sheriff will come out.”
Cuomo has been summoned to look in courtroom on Nov. 17.
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