The findings were announced Tuesday after a four-month investigation pointed to a toxic work environment under Cuomo, who has denied the allegations against him.
Sexual harassment claims against Cuomo first surfaced in March, as at least six women accused the state’s leader of unwanted advances or acting inappropriately.
A full investigative report from the AG’s office can be viewed here, finding that Cuomo harassed at least 11 women and retaliated against a former employee who complained of his behavior, with 179 witnesses giving interviews. James said Tuesday that the findings conclude the governor “sexually harassed multiple women, and in doing so violated federal and state law.” Cuomo was reportedly interviewed for 11 hours for the probe.
In the 165-page report, women detail their allegations, such as the governor allegedly touching a woman’s butt while taking a selfie, calling two staffers “mingle mamas,” telling one woman he was “lonely” and “wanted to be touched,” touching one woman between her shoulder and breast, making comments about playing “strip poker,” and kissing a woman on the cheek without permission.
Joe Biden spoke on the matter on Tuesday, advocating for the resignation of Cuomo, whom the Daily Beast calls a “longtime friend and ally” to the President.
“He should resign,” Biden told reporters in a White House address. “I understand the state legislature may decide to impeach, I don’t know that for a fact, I’ve not read all that data” Biden told reporters at the White House.
New York AG Letitia James said of the investigation Tuesday, “I am inspired by all of the brave women who came forward. But more importantly, I believe them and thank them for their bravery.”
Cuomo released a prerecorded video response on Tuesday running over 14 minutes. Of his face touching and kissing, he said he’s “been making the same gesture in public all my life.”
He also stated, “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”
After initial allegations came to light this year, Cuomo said he “never harassed anyone, I never assaulted anyone, I never abused anyone,” adding that he was “not going to resign,” despite calls for his resignation from at least 59 state democrats. President Joe Biden previously said Cuomo should resign if the allegations were found to be true.