The sexual-harassment scandal surrounding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo escalated Tuesday when investigators released a lengthy report discovering he groped and kissed a number of feminine state staff whereas he and his aides flouted their very own guidelines for responding to misconduct complaints.
Beneath is an summary of the harassment claims imperiling the political way forward for the state’s longtime Democratic chief, the governor’s protection of himself and the authorized points at play.
What’s Mr. Cuomo accused of?
New York State Lawyer Basic Letitia James and outdoors investigators spent a number of months analyzing the governor’s therapy of girls after a number of feminine staffers in his administration made public claims that he had subjected them to undesirable touching and advances.
A five-month probe, bolstered by sworn testimony from dozens of complainants and witnesses, culminated in a 165-page report from Ms. James’s workplace, which corroborated the harassment claims and accused the governor of violating federal and state legal guidelines in opposition to office discrimination.
The report mentioned Mr. Cuomo crossed authorized strains and private boundaries. It mentioned he grabbed the breast of an government assistant; caressed the neck, again and stomach of a state trooper; squeezed the butt of one other worker; inappropriately touched two different ladies, and through the years, made a behavior of hugging and kissing workers members to their discomfort. The report mentioned Mr. Cuomo harassed together with his phrases too, exhibiting an overweening curiosity about their intimate lives, and in a single case aboard the governor’s airplane, asking an financial adviser to play strip poker.