In the case of the soldier, Cuomo is accused of noticing the young woman at one of his official events in 2017 and then choosing her for his security duty, even though she did not have the necessary experience. for the post. After being brought in, the lawsuit claims she was repeatedly harassed and groped.
“He commented on her appearance (“why aren’t you wearing a dress?”); wanted to kiss her (‘[c]and I kiss you?’); asked him to find him a girlfriend who could “bear the pain”; and directed their conversations towards sex (‘[w]Why would you want to get married? . . . your libido decreases,” the suit states.
“As with his other victims, the Governor used his physical proximity to Private 1 to touch her inappropriately (“he runs his finger down the center of my spine, basically from the top of my neck, basically halfway with his pointer finger and just said, ‘Hey, you)’, according to court documents.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi disputed the claims, saying the descriptions relied on James’ “proven fraud in a report” and that five district attorneys looked into various allegations against the former Democratic governor. “found no violation of the law”.
“If kissing someone on the cheek, patting someone on the back or stomach, or waving at a public event on New Year’s Eve is an action, we’re all in trouble,” Azzopardi said in a statement. , adding that Cuomo would fight the lawsuit.
Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, continued to mock James’ report, and Cuomo is threatening to seek James’s disbarment as he contemplates some sort of public comeback.
At the Democratic state convention on Thursday, James tore into Cuomo’s continual denials and attacks against it.
“It has become clear that the former governor will never accept any version of these events other than his own,” James told party loyalists.