NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women, including employees in his office, investigators announced on Tuesday.
The months-long probe found that Cuomo "sexually harassed multiple women", including members of his own staff, members of the public and other state employees.
Investigators also found the Governor and his team retaliated against at least one former employee who complained publicly about his conduct.
"Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed several women, many of whom were young women," New York Attorney General Letitia James said at a press conference on Tuesday, adding that it was a violation of state and federal law.
They also accused the governor of cultivating a "toxic workplace" leaving employees fearful of coming forward with complaints of misconduct, allowing "harassment to occur".
More than half a dozen sexual harassment allegations were leveled against Cuomo earlier this year, with the allegations ranging from unwanted kisses, hugs, and groping, as well as inappropriate remarks of a sexual nature.
James said her investigation revealed "a deeply disturbing, yet clear picture” and “conduct that corrodes the very fabric and character of our state government and shine lights on the injustice that can be present at the highest levels of government.”
Cuomo has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. He previously said that any discomfort caused was unintentional and his conduct shouldn't be considered sexual harassment.
However, investigators with the DA's office said they determined that Cuomo had engaged in multiple acts of unlawful sex-based harassment.
Such harassment included the "touching and grabbing of private body parts," investigators said.
Andrew Cuomo ‘grabbed aide’s breasts and sexually harassed multiple women including state trooper’, Letitia James says
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