A girl has filed a prison grievance in opposition to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, accusing him of groping her breast.
The previous worker in Mr Cuomo‘s workplace, recognized solely as “Govt Assistant #1”, filed the grievance with the Albany County Sheriff’s workplace on Thursday.
The event will increase the chance that Mr Cuomo may face prison prices.
The alleged incident was probably the most severe of plenty of claims detailed in a 165-page report launched by the New York legal professional normal’s workplace this week.
The report alleged that Mr Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 girls and that his workplace was “poisonous”, making a “local weather of concern”.
Govt Assistant #1 stated Mr Cuomo, 63, hugged her after which reached beneath her shirt and fondled her breast.
The incident is claimed to have taken place on the governor’s mansion within the state capital, Albany, in November 2020.
Within the legal professional normal’s report, Govt Assistant #1 was quoted as saying: “I’ve to let you know it was – in the meanwhile I used to be in such shock that I may simply let you know that I simply bear in mind wanting down seeing his hand, seeing the highest of my bra….”
The report, based mostly on interviews with complainants, alleged that Mr Cuomo “slid his hand up her shirt, and grabbed her breast, ‘cup[ping her] breast’ over her bra”.
In a TV assertion responding to the legal professional normal’s report, Mr Cuomo denied any wrongdoing and described the lady’s claims as “one other allegation that I groped a lady in my workplace”, including: “That by no means occurred”.
The governor’s attorneys had already stated they’d deal with the claims head-on within the courts if required.
Responding to information that the lady had now filed a prison grievance, Mr Cuomo’s spokesman, Richard Azzopardi, stated: “As we stated beforehand, we proactively made a referral practically 4 months in the past in accordance with state insurance policies.”
In a prolonged assertion, launched this week in response to all of the allegations, Mr Cuomo’s legal professional addressed Govt Assistant #1’s claims, saying: “The governor was surprised by her declare made for the primary time in early March 2021 (after Lindsay Boylan and Charlotte Bennett’s claims have been made public) that he groped her breast beneath her shirt and over her bra in his mansion workplace throughout a piece day in November 2020.
“This declare is fake, because the governor has acknowledged repeatedly and unequivocally.”
The assertion continued: “He has by no means behaved on this method and by no means would.
“It might be a pure act of madness for the governor – who’s 63 years outdated and lives his life beneath a microscope – to seize an worker’s breast in the midst of the work day at his mansion workplace.
“This merely didn’t occur.”
For the reason that launch of the legal professional normal’s report this week, calls have grown for Mr Cuomo to step down.
US President Joe Biden, a pal and political ally of the governor, additionally instructed reporters that he thought Mr Cuomo ought to resign.
An impeachment probe can also be nearing its conclusion, with the governor agreeing to provide proof to investigators.