American News Aug 3, 2021 4:16 PM EST

Governor Cuomo sexually harassed current and former employees: report

The probe, which includes interviews with 179 people, states that between 2013 and 2020, Cuomo did indeed harass his current and former staff.

Governor Cuomo sexually harassed current and former employees: report
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On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James' office released the investigation report into the allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The 168-page document highlights the 11 cases of sexual harassment that have piled up against Cuomo in 2021.

The probe, which began in March and includes interviews with 179 people, states that between 2013 and 2020, Cuomo did indeed harass his current and former staff.

According to the document, the investigators concluded "that the Governor engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law."

"Specifically, we find that the Governor sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women," the document continues.

"In addition, we conclude that the culture of fear and intimidation, the normalization of inappropriate comments and interactions, and the poor enforcement of the policies and safeguards, contributed to the sexual harassment, retaliation, and an overall hostile work environment in the Executive Chamber," the report concludes.

The document also names a number of confidantes that Cuomo brought in to "control and direct the response," many of whom had no official role in the Executive Chamber, including his brother Chris Cuomo.

"The common thread among all of these individuals was a proven, personal loyalty to the Governor. Their inclusion in the deliberations and the significant role they had in decision making reflect how loyalty and personal ties were valued as much, if not more, than any official function or role in State government," states the report.

"This is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law," James said in a statement.

The report release comes as select details of the 11-hour interview with Cuomo were released by The New York Times.

Participants were reportedly barred under state law from publicly discussing the interview with the Times.

During the interview, Cuomo reportedly questioned former prosecutor Joon H. Kim on his fairness and independence "as a result of his past investigations into the governor and his allies," said the Times.

The investigators, Kim and employment lawyer Annie Clark, were reportedly escorted out at night through a landing dock to avoid photographers waiting at the entrance of the governor's building.

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