During her investigation on Tuesday (Aug. 3), the New York attorney general came to the conclusion that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed women. After looking into multiple allegations of harassment against the governor, Attorney General Letitia James concluded that Cuomo had been unwelcome and nonconsensual in touching women, making sexually suggestive comments to staff members and creating a “hostile work environment for women.”
In the investigation, Cuomo was found to have harassed numerous state employees, including several female employees, a trooper assigned to his protective detail, and the general public.
The Executive Chamber is filled with fear and intimidation as well, according to us. As a result, normalizing the Governor’s frequent flirtation and comments based on gender further exacerbated the conditions that allowed sexual harassment to continue,” Joon Kim and Anne Clark wrote in their conclusion.
According to them, “this culture has also influenced the executive chamber’s improper and insufficient response to harassment allegations.”.
In the report, 11 women detail their allegations. “I believe women,” James said in a statement. “I believe these women.”
James launched the investigation in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo, which the governor denied. On Tuesday, investigators concluding that Cuomo’s “denials were not consistent with the evidence that we obtained during our investigation.”
Investigators conducted the probe after speaking with 179 people and examining 74,000 pieces of evidence, according to their report. Accordiing to James, they paint a “deeply troubling but clear picture of the harassment.”