Former governor sued for sexual harassment — Analysis
Andrew Cuomo is facing a civil lawsuit over claims made by an ex-member of his security detail
According to Thursday’s lawsuit, a US trooper has filed a suit against Andrew Cuomo, former governor of New York. After prosecutors dropped criminal charges against Cuomo last year, the plaintiff is now the first to file a civil lawsuit against the former governor.
Identified in the lawsuit as ‘Trooper 1’, the woman was plucked from her job as a New York State Trooper in 2017 to serve on Cuomo’s security detail. She claims that she was harassed repeatedly and sexually abused by the Democrat once she arrived onboard.
“He commented on her appearance (‘why don’t you wear a dress?’); wanted to kiss her (‘[c]an I kiss you?’); asked her to find him a girlfriend who could ‘handle pain;’ and steered their conversations towards sex (‘[w]How would you like to marry? . . . your sex drive goes down,’”Here is a portion of the suit as published by Politico.
Cuomo is also accused of indecent contact. The suit claims Cuomo pressed Cuomo to accept an unwelcome kiss while admitting that this was against the law.
They aren’t new. These allegations were made public by Letitia James, New York Attorney General. James’ report found “credible” evidence that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, including ‘Trooper 1’, but multiple county prosecutors declined to file charges due to what they said was a lack of evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
‘Trooper 1’ is seeking an undisclosed sum of money from the former governor in the civil suit. Melissa DeRosa, a former aide to Cuomo, and the New York State Police are also accused in the lawsuit of covering up Cuomo’s alleged misdeeds.
Although Cuomo resigned shortly after James’ report was released, he denied any misconduct, and his team accused the AG of orchestrating a political hit. James did indeed announce a run as governor in October. But Cuomo withdrew that candidacy a few weeks later. She stated instead that she will run to reelect her term as attorney general.
Cuomo’s spokesman, Rich Azzopardi, said on Thursday that the lawsuit is based on James’ “proven fraud of a report,” and said that the trooper’s legal team have been “widely known to use the press to extort settlements on behalf of anonymous claimants.”
Paul Schectman (an attorney representing DeRosa) stated that his client’s only contact with the trooper was to say “hello and goodbye,”Addition “It is not a viable case anywhere in America and is beyond frivolous.”
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