Criminal complaint filed against Cuomo over forcible touching

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Former Andrew Cuomo aide Brittany Commisso, shown on CBS This Morning in August, Commisso has publicly detailed at least two instances in which she said then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo touched her inappropriately. | CBS This Morning and Times Union via AP

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces criminal charges in Albany County over accusations that he groped a staffer at the Executive Mansion last year.

“A Misdemeanor Complaint against former Governor Andrew Cuomo has been filed in Albany City Court,” a court spokesperson, Lucian Chalfen, said in a statement, noting that the complaint involved a “sex crime.”

The complaint involves allegations made by former Cuomo staffer Brittany Commisso, who filed a complaint with the Albany County Sheriff’s office in August, shortly after state Attorney General Letitia James released a report verifying accounts from 11 women who described patterns of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment from Cuomo.

Commisso has publicly detailed at least two instances in which she said Cuomo touched her inappropriately, including once at the Executive Mansion in November 2020, when, she said, he reached under her shirt and fondled her over her bra.

The exact charges brought against Cuomo involve “forcible touching,” a class A misdemeanor, according to a copy of the complaint.

The Albany county sheriff's office said Cuomo is due to appear in court in Albany on Nov. 17.

The former governor's attorney, Rita Glavin, issued a statement saying that Cuomo “has never assaulted anyone.” She said that Sheriff Craig D. Apple's motives in conducting the investigation are “patently improper.”

The complaint, while redacted in parts, says that evidence such as Cuomo’s text messages will be considered as evidence. James’ report will also be considered, it said.

James issued a statement, saying: “From the moment my office received the referral to investigate allegations that former Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, we proceeded without fear or favor. The criminal charges brought today against Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report.”

Cuomo resigned in August after the James report was made public.

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