Things are going from bad to worse for embattled Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.
The Italian sex pest came more intense fire this weekend when a women who filed a criminal complaint against him spoke out publicly for the first time, breaking her anonymity for a bombshell interview.
Still, the media seems to be taking it easy on Cuomo, who just a few months ago was hearlded as a COVID hero for his tough-talking approach to tackling the virus. Meanwhile, thousands of senior citizens prematurely lost their lives after an order from Cuomo forced nursing homes to house COVID-positive patients.
Brittany Commisso, formerly identified only as “executive assistant #1,” spoke in an interview with CBS News, claiming “what the Governor did was a crime.”
CBS THIS MORNING EXCLUSIVE: The aide who accused NY Gov. Cuomo of groping her speaks publicly for the first time: "What he did to me was a crime," Brittany Commisso tells @CBSThisMorning & @timesunion. "He broke the law." Watch Monday at 7a, only on CBS. https://t.co/W9SGPNSf1S pic.twitter.com/kRulD0ViUD
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 8, 2021
After Commisso filed a criminal complaint, Albany County’s Sheriff Craig Apple revealed his office is starting a criminal investigation against the governor. He said he has also reached out to the New York Attorney General’s office for more information following its report earlier in the week accusing Cuomo of sexually harassing 11 women and creating a “climate of fear” in his offices.
Earlier Friday, the sheriff’s office said the complaint against Cuomo came from a former staffer included in the attorney general’s report. According to the report, Cuomo reached under the staffer’s blouse and grabbed her breast while at the Executive Mansion.
Cuomo has since hired a team of expensive, high-level attorneys who will gladly go on national TV to distract from the governor’s crimes. This weekend one of Cuomo’s attorneys appeared on CNN in an attempt to defend the governor.
“He did not grope her and there was evidence that was provided by several individuals to the attorney general about potential motives for her to have made that claim,” Rita Glavin, Cuomo’s lawyer, told CNN on Saturday, declining to be more specific.
Cuomo’s lawyers remained defiant in the face of intensifying pressure on the governor to resign, even as the three-term Democrat confronts possible criminal investigations in four New York counties and potential impeachment proceedings. Cuomo has denied the sexual harassment claims and remains hunkered down in the Governor’s Mansion in Albany.
The sheriff also declined to state a specific date the incident had occurred on in the attorney general’s report, which has been a point of contention for Cuomo’s lawyers.
The attorney general’s investigation spanned five months and examined 74,000 pieces of evidence, including e-mails, text messages, and photographs.
Author: Nolan Sheridan