BREAKING NEWS: Andrew Cuomo is charged with forcibly touching aide who claimed he groped her breast – two months after he was pushed out of office by Letitia James (who is now campaigning for his job)
- A criminal summons was filed for Cuomo in Albany City Court on Thursday
- It was mistakenly filed early, before the victim – Brittany Commisso – gave her permission or agreement, and was leaked to local reporters
- The charge is a Class A Misdemeanor – forcible touching
- It relates to him allegedly groping Commisso’s breast in the Governor’s Mansion
- Cuomo has always denied the allegation and says he was set up by Letitia James
- James is now running to become the next Governor of New York
Ousted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with forcible touching, two months after being pushed out of office by New York AG Attorney General Letitia James, the woman now campaigning for his job.
The charges were filed on Thursday in Albany City Court. They relate to the allegation of Brittany Commisso, a former aide who claimed Cuomo groped her breast in the office of the Executive Mansion in Albany in November 2020, at the height of his pandemic popularity. He has always denied it.
Her claim was the most serious of all of the allegations listed in James’ report, which Cuomo has always maintained was a hit-job by the AG to get him out of her way. She is running for governor in November 2022.
If convicted, Cuomo – who has not yet commented – could face up to one year in prison.
The announcement of the charge was chaotic on Thursday; the criminal summons was filed hastily, before sheriff’s deputies had received the permission of Commisso. It was then leaked to a local reporter in Albany, who tweeted about it and published a brief report on New York Focus.
Spokespeople for the Albany County Sheriff’s Department then refused to confirm or deny whether or not their office had filed charges.
Eventually Lucien Chalfen, a spokesman for the court system, confirmed it to The Washington Post.
Cuomo is pictured with Brittany Commisso, the former aide who claims he groped her breast in the Executive Mansion in November 2020. The picture was taken in 2019 and she says he’d touched her behind shortly before it was taken
Commisso claimed that she felt violated and that Cuomo wouldn’t ‘touch his mother’ the way he did her. He has always denied her claims
The first hint of them came from an Albany reporter for New York Focus who cited unnamed sources in the court, saying charges had been filed.
The Times Union – another local Albany paper – then reported that the charges had been filed too early, that it was a mistake by someone in the court system.
Neither the sheriff’s office or the city courts clerks will comment on the charges, but a court spokesman confirmed that a statement was coming imminently.
‘A Misdemeanor Complaint against former Governor Andrew Cuomo has been filed in Albany City Court.
‘As this is a sex crime, a redacted complaint will be available shortly,’ Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for New York State courts, told The Washington Post.
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