Former NY Gov. Cuomo responds to charge of sex crime, months after resigning amid harassment probe

Cuomo Under Fire

(UPDATE) – Rich Azzopardi, the spokesman for Former Governor Andrew Cuomo, has released a statement regarding the charges:

 ’Accidentally’ filing a criminal charge without notification and consent of the prosecuting body doesn’t pass the laugh test and this process reeks of Albany politics and perhaps worse. The fact that the AG — as predicted — is about to announce a run for governor is lost on no one. The truth about what happened with this cowboy sheriff will come out.

An additional statement has been released by Cuomo’s Attorney, Rita Glavin:

Governor Cuomo has never assaulted anyone, and Sheriff Apple’s motives here are patently improper. Sheriff Apple didn’t even tell the District Attorney what he was doing. But Apple’s behavior is no surpise given (1) his August 7 press conference where he essentially pronounced the Governor guilty before doing an investigation, and (2) his Office’s leaking of grand jury information. This is not professional law enforcement; this is politics.


(CNBC) – Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been charged with a misdemeanor sex-crime complaint in Albany City Court, a court system spokesman told NBC News on Thursday.

The filing comes two months after Cuomo resigned in disgrace following accusations of sexual harassment against the three-term Democrat by multiple women.

A damning report issued by the state Attorney General’s office in August found he had sexually harassed at least 11 current and former staffers, including a state police trooper assigned to his protective detail and women outside of government.

Attorney General Letitia James, herself a Democrat, has said that Cuomo broke state and federal laws with his conduct.

“From the moment my office received the referral to investigate allegations that former Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, we proceeded without fear or favor. The criminal charges brought today against Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report.”

Cuomo’s attorney Rita Glavin released the following statement following the Albany County Sheriff’s announcement.

“Governor Cuomo has never assaulted anyone, and Sheriff Apple’s motives here are patently improper. Sheriff Apple didn’t even tell the District Attorney what he was doing.  But Apple’s behavior is no surprise given (1) his August 7 press conference where he essentially pronounced the Governor guilty before doing an investigation, and (2) his Office’s leaking of grand jury information. This is not professional law enforcement; this is politics.”

At least five district attorney’s offices in New York state counties have been investigating possible crimes by Cuomo against some of those women.

Cuomo, whose father Mario Cuomo served three full terms as governor of New York, avoided possible impeachment by resigning.

Mariann Wang, a lawyer for two of the women who have accused Cuomo of misconduct, Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis, in a statement said, “My clients are enormously grateful for the courage of the women who have come forward to speak the truth about Cuomo’s misconduct.”

 “Cuomo is being held to account as he should be, including by being forced to answer a criminal charge,” Wang said. “We hope that all men who abuse their power by abusing women will see this and understand that there will be real consequences to their profoundly damaging behavior.”

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