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Video of Andrew Cuomo’s 11 hour long deposition for sex pest probe is released by Letitia James


Video of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo being deposed for eleven hours over claims he sexually harassed staff has been released by Attorney General Letitia James, along with videos of all of the women who accused him. 

The 11-hour footage was put online by James on Monday and shows Cuomo, 63, sipping coffee from a Dunkin Donuts cup, sitting back in his chair, positioning his reading glasses and becoming agitated as attorneys ask him repeated questions about whether or not he ever touched, kissed, hugged or spoke to staff inappropriately. 

Cuomo has been charged with one count of misdemeanor forcible touching for allegedly groping the breast of Brittany Commisso, a former aide and one of the ten women in AG James’ report. He is due in court in January in Albany. 

The charge came after AG James released her report in August that claimed he was a serial sex abuser.  

The deposition was part of the investigation that produced that report. It was in New York City on July 17, 2021. 

The deposition transcript was released earlier this year and is 500 pages long.

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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was deposed in July for the Attorney General’s report 

Cuomo lowered his glasses, snapped back at investigators and became agitated at times

Cuomo lowered his glasses, snapped back at investigators and became agitated at times

At one point he told the room: ''I understand. I'm a former Attorney General. I'm aware of the Attorney General's power. I'm aware of the special prosecutor power, independent investigator power, and I understand there may be subsequent investigations to this investigation, yes.'

At one point he told the room: ”I understand. I’m a former Attorney General. I’m aware of the Attorney General’s power. I’m aware of the special prosecutor power, independent investigator power, and I understand there may be subsequent investigations to this investigation, yes.’

The special investigators asked Cuomo during it first if he understood the purpose of the investigation and the process it would take, which he became agitated about. 

‘I understand. I’m a former Attorney General. I’m aware of the Attorney General’s power. I’m aware of the special prosecutor power, independent investigator power, and I understand there may be subsequent investigations to this investigation, yes.’

He was quizzed about when he’d last had sexual harassment training, how much power he gave some aides – namely Stephanie Benton, who has the authority to use an electronic pen to sign Cuomo’s signature when he was in office – and then he was asked whether he’d inappropriately touched any of the women. 

As he has in the past, Cuomo said that he often kissed people on the cheek but he admitted in his deposition he couldn’t ‘rule out’ having ever kissed staff on the lips. 

‘I kiss on the cheek. There may be an occasion where a staff member kissed me on the lips. But I kiss on the cheek as a rule. 

‘I don’t recall anyone specifically, but it could happen that somebody kisses on the lips.

‘You know, some people peck on the lips, never a romantic kiss, but some people peck on the lips.’ 

On New Year's Eve, 2019, Commisso claims Cuomo grabbed her buttocks before they took this selfie. He says it's untrue, that she was excited by the picture and was 'flirtatious' with him

On New Year’s Eve, 2019, Commisso claims Cuomo grabbed her buttocks before they took this selfie. He says it’s untrue, that she was excited by the picture and was ‘flirtatious’ with him 

Elsewhere he said: ‘I’m not going to rule out that I’ve ever kissed on the lips’ and ‘I may very well have touched her lower back,’ when referring to hugging a woman. 

He referred to Brittany Commisso, the woman accusing him of forcible touching, as ‘flirtatious’ and told how she had begged him for a raise months before she claimed he’d assaulted her. 

Cuomo complained that it was a ‘political’ investigation, telling the lawyers quizzing him: ‘This is a biased political investigation as we know. And that’s what it is.’ 

He maintains that James only completed the report and made such a damning assessment of him because she wants his job. She recently announced plans to run for Governor next year.  

The accusers’ depositions were also recorded, though they were interviewed. 

Commisso was deposed on May 17, Lindsay Boylan was deposed three days later. 

Charlotte Bennett, Virginia Limmiatis, Anna Liss and Alyssa McGrath were also all deposed. 

They told how Cuomo allegedly made inappropriate jokes and comments towards them when they worked for him. 

Limmatis claimed he ran his fingers across her shirt, grazing her breasts, in May 2017 after an energy conservation event.   

Brittany Commisso

Lindsey Boylan

Brittany Commisso, left, is who Cuomo has been charged with forcibly touching. He is due in court in January. Lindsey Boylan, right, claims he asked her to play strip poker and forcibly kissed her on the lips 

Charlotte Bennett

Virginia Limmatis

Charlotte Bennett, left, worked for the governor and said he made inappropriate remarks to her. Virginia Limmatis, right, said he ran his fingers across her breasts

Anna Liss

Alyssa McGrath

Ana Liss, left, said Cuomo kissed her hand and asked her if she had a boyfriend. Alyssa McGrath, right, said he told her she was beautiful

Former aide Lindsay Boylan, 36, was the first woman to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment in a Medium post on February 24. She claimed that the governor asked her to play strip poker and kissed her on the lips without her permission when she worked for him in 2017.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, came forward a few days after Boylan and claimed that Cuomo sexually harassed her last June while she was working as a health policy adviser in his administration at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.

Bennett accused Cuomo of ‘grooming’ her and asking inappropriate questions about her sex life. 

She also claimed that he told her he was open to dating women in their 20s.  

Newly-released texts from CNN host Chris Cuomo (right) reveal he helped strategize brother Andrew Cuomo's (left) response to the sexual harassment scandal earlier this year

Newly-released texts from CNN host Chris Cuomo (right) reveal he helped strategize brother Andrew Cuomo’s (left) response to the sexual harassment scandal earlier this year 

Pages of texts messages released by AG Letitia James shows how Chris Cuomo strategised with his brother Andrew's office, specifically with top aide Melissa DeRosa

Pages of texts messages released by AG Letitia James shows how Chris Cuomo strategised with his brother Andrew’s office, specifically with top aide Melissa DeRosa

Ana Liss, 35, a former aide, said Cuomo asked her whether she had a boyfriend, once kissed her hand at her desk and called her by patronizing names, including ‘blondie,’ ‘sweetheart’ and ‘honey.’ 

At a reception, the governor hugged her then put his arm around her lower back and waist as they posed for photo, Liss said. 

She said she eventually asked for a job transfer. In an interview, Liss said she was ‘not claiming sexual harassment per se,’ but felt the administration ‘wasn’t a safe space for young women to work.’ 

Liss, who previously served as Cuomo’s policy and operations aide between 2013 and 2015, told the Wall Street Journal that during her time in his administration, the governor had subjected her to unsolicited advances, including touching her lower back, kissing her hand and quizzing her about her love life. 

Alyssa McGrath, 33,  administrative assistant in Cuomo’s office, told The New York Times that he looked down her shirt, quizzed her about her marital status, and told her she was beautiful, using an Italian phrase she had to ask her parents to interpret.

McGrath didn’t say the governor made sexual contact with her but thought his behavior was sexual harassment. 

She recalled Cuomo kissing her on the forehead and gripping her firmly around the sides while posing for a photo at a 2019 office Christmas party.

NOTHING TO DO WITH ME! IRATE CUOMO DENIED BANISHING DAUGHTER’S TROOPER BOYFRIEND

Elsewhere in the deposition, Cuomo denied banishing his daughter’s State Trooper boyfriend to the Canadian border. 

Dane Pfeiffer became a trooper in 2015 and began dating Cara, 25, after she had moved into the Executive Mansion during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources familiar with the matter told the New York Post as soon as the governor found out about the pair Pfeiffer was removed from his security detail and promptly transferred to a posting some 160 miles at a state police station in Plattsburgh. 

In his deposition, he became angry when asked about it, but said he had nothing to do with the move. 

Cuomo also claimed in his deposition he had nothing to do with State Trooper Dane Pfeiffer, 35, being banished to the Canadian border after becoming romantically involved with his daughter Cara

A New York state trooper, 35, who worked as one of Andrew Cuomo's bodyguards has been reassigned to a post near the Canadian border after the governor learned he had started a relationship with his 25-year-old daughter Cara Kennedy-Cuomo (pictured at New York Fashion Week in February)

Cuomo also claimed in his deposition he had nothing to do with State Trooper Dane Pfeiffer, 35, being banished to the Canadian border after becoming romantically involved with his daughter Cara 

Cuomo became irate when he was asked about it and the investigators stopped quizzing him, saying: 'I can see your face'

Cuomo became irate when he was asked about it and the investigators stopped quizzing him, saying: ‘I can see your face’ 



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