It seems ‘Cuomo the Cat’ is out of his nine lives. Breaking Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James has concluded NYC Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed eleven women, and violated state and federal law. The AG released a full report of Governor Cuomo’s “toxic and abusive” behavior in a lengthy 165-page document.
News travels fast, and Cuomo has already publicly denied any wrongdoing and refuses to resign…again. The report lists all eleven alleged victims, most by name, and designates multiple pages to each victim’s specific complaint.
READ THE FULL REPORT BELOW:
The report’s conclusion reads:
Upon completion of our independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment brought against Governor Andrew Cuomo and the surrounding circumstances, we have reached the conclusion that the Governor sexually harassed a number of State employees through unwelcome and unwanted touching, as well as by making numerous offensive and sexually suggestive comments. We find that such conduct was part of a pattern of behavior that extended to his interactions with others outside of State government.
We also find the Executive Chamber’s response to allegations of sexual harassment violated its internal policies and that the Executive Chamber’s response to one complainant’s allegations constituted unlawful retaliation. In addition, we conclude that the culture of fear and intimidation, the normalization of inappropriate comments and interactions, and the poor enforcement of the policies and safeguards, contributed to the sexual harassment, retaliation, and an overall hostile work environment in the Executive Chamber.
Under “The Investigation’s Conclusions” subtitled “The Governor Engaged in Conduct that Constituted Sexual Harassment Under Federal and State Law” the report lays out legal violations. “We conclude the above-described conduct – both the unwelcome and inappropriate touching, as well as the suggestive jokes and comments – constituted sexual harassment that created a hostile work environment for State employees.”
The report details Cuomo’s actions under the law:
“The law provides that comments such as these need not have been overtly sexual or motivated by sexual desire,1245 although we find that these specific comments were plainly of a sexual nature. And the Governor’s intent need not have been to harass the complainants, if the effect was the creation of a hostile work environment, which these comments unquestionably did.1246 The law is clear that these types of sexually suggestive comments—if made as a “joke” or otherwise—particularly when part of a pattern of comments and conduct, as it was with the Governor, constitute unlawful sexual harassment.1247