Albany, NY – Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was charged on Thursday with groping a former aide while she was working for him in the governor’s Executive Mansion in Albany.
The misdemeanor criminal complaint filed against Cuomo in Albany City Court said that the 62-year-old politician “did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim… and onto her intimate body part,” the New York Post reported.
“Specifically, the victims [sic] left breast for the purposes of degrading and satisfying his sexual desire,” the complaint read.
Charging documents said the incident occurred on Dec. 7, 2020 on the second floor of the governor’s official residence in the state capital, the New York Post reported.
Cuomo has been charged with forcible touching.
If convicted, the former governor could be sentenced to as much as one year in jail and would have to register as a sex offender, according to the New York Post.
Officials have not yet said when Cuomo will be arrested, booked, and arraigned.
The victim was not identified in the charging documents, but the New York Post reported that the details in the complaint line up with allegations made by 33-year-old former Cuomo aide Brittany Commisso.
Commisso went public with her accusations just six days after the New York attorney general released a report has accused Cuomo of having sexually harassed multiple women in his employ.
The former aide told CBS News on Aug. 9 that the governor “put his hand up my blouse and cupped my breast over my bra,” the New York Post reported.
“The governor needs to be held accountable,” she said. “What he did to me was a crime. He broke the law.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a bombshell report on her investigation into the New York governor on Aug. 3 that said Cuomo had “sexually harassed multiple women, and in doing so violated federal and state law.”
James released a 165-page report, complete with interviews with 179 witnesses that included more than 74,000 records, texts, pictures, and emails that were used as evidence, CNBC reported.
The report said the investigation found Cuomo’s office was a hostile work environment rife with fear and intimidation.
The attorney general told reporters that her investigation had determined that the governor had sexually harassed at least 11 women, CNBC reported.
The report said Cuomo engaged in nonconsensual touching, groping, kissing, and hugging, and made numerous inappropriate comments to multiple women.
James said Cuomo also retaliated against a former employee who came forward to expose his conduct.
She called the governor’s office a “toxic workplace,” CNBC reported.
The attorney general said the findings in the report revealed “a deeply disturbing, yet clear, picture” of what Cuomo had been doing to members of his staff, state employees, and members of the public.
James’ report claimed that one of the governor’s victims was a New York State Police trooper, CNBC reported.
The trooper told investigators that Cuomo has asked to add her to his protective detail shortly after meeting her in November of 2017, despite the fact she wasn’t qualified.
The report said the trooper alleged the governor had run his hand along her stomach as she held doors for him in the course of her duties, CNBC reported.
The trooper said Cuomo also ran his finger down her neck and back while she stood in front of him in an elevator, kissed her on the cheek in front of another trooper, and made suggestive remarks to her, according to the report.
She also said the governor asked her why she didn’t wear a dress and asked why the trooper would get married when marriage means “your sex drive goes down,” CNBC reported.
The report said Cuomo had asked the trooper to help him find a girlfriend and said he wanted to date a woman who “[c]an handle pain,” CNBC reported.
Cuomo resigned in disgrace on Aug. 10 but has continued to insist that he did nothing wrong.