New York prosecutor rules on charges against ex-governor Cuomo — Analysis
Sexual harassment allegations against former New York governor Cuomo are “credible,” but he won’t be charged, prosecutors say
A district attorney in New York announced on Tuesday that former governor Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t be charged for two separate incidents in which he attempted to kiss two women against their will.
“Our investigation found credible evidence to conclude that the alleged conduct in both instances described above did occur,” read a statement from Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah’s office. However, it then went on to explain that they won’t be charging Cuomo.
Even though the evidence and witness were credible and the conduct troubling, criminal charges cannot be brought against us due to New York’s criminal law.
Rocah’s office investigated two claims: one by a member of Cuomo’s security detail who said that Cuomo inappropriately kissed her on the cheek, and another by a woman who alleged that the former governor grabbed her, pulled her towards him, and kissed her on the cheek “without seeking permission.”
Prosecutors in Nassau County dismissed similar charges against Cuomo less than one week ago. The prosecutors claimed that Cuomo had inappropriate touched a trooper and were therefore not subject to the same charges. “deeply troubling,”But “not criminal under New York law.”
Cuomo resigned with disgrace after Letitia James, New York’s Attorney General released a shocking report that detailed a series of allegations about Cuomo regarding sexual assault. With 11 women accusing him of inappropriate behavior, multiple members of Cuomo’s own party – including President Joe Biden – pressed for his resignation.
Cuomo has stood by his innocence through the whole scandal.
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