An assistant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has come forward and filed a criminal complaint against him with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly fondling her, according to reports coming from the New York Post.
An official who works for the sheriff’s department has confirmed to conservative news outlet Newsmax that the criminal complaint has been filed.
The victim, who is currently being identified as “Executive Assistant #1,” in the sexual harassment report put together by Attorney General Letitia James, filed the complaint on Thursday afternoon.
The woman met with sheriff’s officials, who since have contacted the Albany County District Attorney’s office, Sheriff Craig Apple told the Post.
Apple told the newspaper that Cuomo could be arrested if the allegations are substantiated.
“The end result could either be it sounds substantiated and an arrest is made and it would be up to the DA to prosecute the arrest,” Apple went on to say. “Just because of who it is we are not going to rush it or delay it.”
James announced Tuesday the findings from investigators looking into allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed both current and former state employees.
The investigators’ report said the governor created a “hostile work environment for women” by “among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching.”
The unidentified victim lodged the most serious accusation against the governor detailed in James’ report, the Post said. She accused Cuomo of pulling her in for a hug, reaching under her blouse and fondling one of her breasts in the Executive Mansion in Albany on Nov. 16.
“I mean it was — he was like cupping my breast. He cupped my breast,” the woman told investigators, the Post stated in its report.
“I have to tell you it was — at the moment I was in such shock that I could just tell you that I just remember looking down seeing his hand, seeing the top of my bra and I remember it was like a little even the cup — the kind of bra that I had to the point I could tell you doesn’t really fit me properly, it was a little loose, I just remember seeing exactly that,” the accuser stated.
The victim went on to tell investigators that the governor groped her after asking her to take some selfies in his office located at the mansion on Dec. 31, 2019.
He “moved his hand to grab her butt cheek and began to rub it” for five seconds as she took the picture.
The report also went on to note that the victim had been shaking uncontrollably during the encounter with Cuomo the first few photos she took ended up a bit blurry. The governor warned her not to share the photo she took with anyone.
The victim said she was scared to tell anyone about Cuomo’s actions because she was afraid she would lose her job.