An ex-staff member is suing Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for sexual harassment. Brittany Commisso reported the Governor to the police in 2021, but charges were dropped by the Albany County District Attorney a year later. Commisso has now filed a suit claiming she suffered economic loss and personal injury resulting from the alleged abuse.
Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin described the suit as a “cash grab” that will fail. “We look forward to seeing her in court,” she added.
Commisso alleges that the former Governor subjected her to continued sexual harassment over a two-year period, including grabbing her buttocks and breasts and making repeated sexual advances. She said she reported the behavior to officials in 2020, and he retaliated by stripping her of her executive assistant position and moving her to another office. The lawsuit furthermore names Judith Mogul, former special counsel to the Governor, as a co-defendant who allegedly aided Mr. Cuomo’s retaliation.
New York Attorney General Letitia James investigated allegations against Cuomo in 2021 and concluded that he “sexually harassed multiple women.” James published a lengthy report following her inquiry in which the Governor was accused of “unwelcome and nonconsensual touching” and making “suggestive” comments to female staff.
Mr. Cuomo has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, but in the wake of the 2021 report, senior Democrats, including President Biden, called on him to resign. Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed the call and said, “I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth.”
According to Albany District Attorney David Soares, a criminal case against Cuomo collapsed in January 2022 when prosecutors found that they could not meet the burden of proof, even though the allegations were credible. That decision came weeks after prosecutors in Nassau and Westchester also said they would not pursue charges for similar allegations.
Then-acting Nassau County DA Joyce Smith stated, “Our exhaustive investigation found the allegations credible, deeply troubling, but not criminal under New York law.”