An investigation overseen by New York state Attorney General Letitia James has determined that Governor Andrew Cuomo kissed, groped or made inappropriate comments to nearly a dozen women resulting in a toxic work environment.
State Attorney General Letitia James unveiled the findings of the five-month independent inquiry, touching off calls from across the political spectrum for Cuomo to step down.
In a video statement issued after the attorney general’s briefing, Cuomo, 63, denied he had acted inappropriately and made clear he had no plans to resign.
The civil investigation will not directly lead to criminal charges against Cuomo, but the Albany County district attorney is conducting his own probe and requested any relevant material already gathered.
New York Attorney General Letitia James announces investigation into sexual harassment claims found “Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law.” pic.twitter.com/bjyWfk4MM3
— The Recount (@therecount) August 3, 2021
Cuomo, currently in this third term as governor, says his accusers had ‘misinterpreted’ his actions and insists his only intentions were to convey ‘warmth’ to the women.
President Biden had previously said if an investigation bore out the accusations, Cuomo should resign. Today, Biden called on the governor to resign.
BREAKING: Asked if he stood by his March statement to @GStephanopoulos that Gov. Cuomo should resign if an investigation bolstered claims of sexual harassment, Pres. Biden says, "I stand by that statement."
"Are you now calling on him to resign?"
— ABC News (@ABC) August 3, 2021
Prominent Democrats calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign:
-President Joe Biden
-Speaker Nancy Pelosi
-Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
-N.Y. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
-N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 3, 2021