A former government assistant who filed a felony grievance in opposition to New York governor Andrew Cuomo final week for allegedly groping her has mentioned he “must be held accountable”.
Brittany Commisso is certainly one of 11 girls Cuomo is accused of sexually harassing, in response to a devastating investigative report launched by the state legal professional normal’s workplace final week.
The previous aide recognized herself publicly in an interview with CBS which is ready to be broadcast in full on Monday morning.
“What he did to me was against the law. He broke the regulation,” Commisso mentioned in an excerpt launched forward of its broadcast. Coming ahead, she mentioned, was “the fitting factor to do. The governor must be held accountable.”
Commisso, recognized solely as “government assistant no.1” within the report, instructed state investigators that Cuomo fondled her breast on one event. She additionally mentioned he rubbed her bottom whereas taking a photograph. She has mentioned the alleged incident came about on the governor’s mansion in Albany.
Albany county sheriff Craig Apple instructed reporters on Saturday that Cuomo might face a attainable misdemeanor cost. Apple mentioned the investigation is in its “toddler phases” and the grievance made in opposition to Cuomo is “felony in nature” and the alleged conduct was “sexual in nature”.
When requested what attainable cost the governor might face, the sheriff mentioned: “From what I’ve learn thus far I can say we’re floating round a misdemeanor, however once more, that’s simply from the legal professional normal report.”
Cuomo, going through impeachment and elimination from workplace by state lawmakers, has denied the allegations and resisted widespread requires his resignation, together with from fellow Democrats, together with Joe Biden.
His lawyer, Rita Glavin, has described Commisso’s account as fabricated, citing emails and different documentary proof she mentioned undermines her story. “There was no open minded fact-finding … the investigators acted as prosecutors, choose and jury,” Glavin mentioned.