The former employee who filed a complaint against New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for allegedly harassing her has made his first public statement about the case. Brittany Commisso gave an interview to CBS News and the newspaper Times Union. Cuomo is accused of sexual harassment by several women.
The interview will be televised on Monday, but short segments have already been published on Sunday. In the interview, Commisso explained that she filed a complaint because the governor should be held accountable for his actions. “What he did to me was a crime. He broke the law,” she said.
Comiso is one of 11 women who reported being sexually harassed by New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. Her statement was already mentioned in the report of Attorney General Letitia James, but her name was not known until now. She was referred to in the report as “Executive Assistant No. 1”.
The woman reported that Cuomo felt her breasts during a meeting at his official residence. It is the most serious sexual harassment allegations facing Cuomo. Commisso says the governor has shown inappropriate behavior before. He is said to have rubbed her back once when taking a picture. She talks about a pattern of “predatory behaviour”.
Comiso also said in the interview that the hugs and kisses on the cheek escalated once when Como kissed her on the lips. She said she had not reported incidents before because “people don’t understand that this is the governor of New York. There are guards outside the official residence and there are other employees. These guards are not there to protect me. They are there to protect him.”
Commisso’s complaint against Cuomo will be investigated “on a very large scale.” So says Sheriff Craig Apple of Albany County, where the report was filed and where the governor’s residence is also located. Sharif says he will not rush or delay the criminal investigation due to the suspect’s high profile. We are in the early stages of this investigation. We treat victims the same way. We are investigating the same thing. And Apple said it’s just a matter of putting more eyes on this.
Governor Cuomo denies wrongdoing. His lawyer, Rita Glavin, told reporters on Friday that Commisso’s comments were fabricated in reference to emails and other evidence that would undermine her testimony.
Cuomo also opposes several calls to resign, including from the US president Joe Biden and fellow Democrats. In addition, he may face impeachment proceedings in the New York State Parliament.
One of Cuomo’s top employees has since resigned. Melissa DeRosa – who herself appears negatively in the attorney general’s report – is one of Cuomo’s main confidants. She said in a statement that the past two years have been mentally and emotionally difficult.
DeRosa is mentioned 187 times in the 168-page report of the New York State Attorney General. She is said to have attempted to cover up Cuomo’s misconduct and also threatened to take action against one of the women accusing Cuomo of abuse.
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