(Albany) The woman who accused the New York state governor of breastfeeding in the official residence has filed a lawsuit against him, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.
Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 12:55 pm
Marina Villeneuve Associated Press
The complaint, filed on Thursday, is the first legal measure an alleged victim of alleged sexual misconduct of Andrew Cuomo is taking with a police force.
Sheriff Craig Appel told the New York Post that the Democratic governor could be arrested if investigators discover he has committed a crime.
If the complaint appears well founded, an arrest takes place. It is up to the prosecutor to decide whether to proceed, he said. We will not speed up or delay the investigation of the complaint because it concerns the governor.
Sheriff Craig Appel, at the New York Post
Mr. Apple did not call the Associated Press back. However, his office confirmed to the news agency that the complaint had been registered.
The complainant alleges that Mr Cuomo put his hands under her sweater and touched her breasts when they were alone in the official apartment last year. She also told prosecutor general investigators that the governor also felt her buttocks while taking photos.
The sheriff’s office did not send a copy of the complaint. An interview request was made in the office of Mr. Cuomo’s lawyer, Rita Glavin.
The governor denies touching anyone inappropriately. His lawyers admitted that he and the woman were together that day, but said he never grabbed her breasts.
Demands for resignation or impeachment escalated after an independent committee of inquiry found that Mr. Cuomo had sexually molested 11 women and tried to get revenge on one of his accusers.
Attorneys for the New York State Legislature forwarded a letter to the governor Thursday giving him until August 13 to respond to the allegations or to produce documents in support of his defense.
The Assembly’s Judiciary Committee plans to meet on Monday to discuss the possibility of impeachment proceedings. A majority of the elected officials have already indicated that if Mr Cuomo does not step down, they would choose to take this step.