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Former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit with charges of sex offense

09:50, 29 October 2021
Former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit with charges of sex offense Photo: nygovcuomo/instagram.com

A criminal complaint has been filed against former New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday in a court of New York’s State capital, Albany.

The complaint against the ex-governor reads that Cuomo touched a woman under her blouse when the target of harassment didn’t want that. The unwanted touching took place at Cuomo’s mansion, according to the filed complaint.

The complaint was confirmed in an online statement by a spokesperson for the New York state courts, Lucian Chalfen, and referred to Cuomo’s misconduct as a “sex crime.”

Cuomo’s lawyer denied all the charges of the complaint calling it as “politically motivated.”

The alleged misconduct can cost Cuomo up to one year in prison.

The ex-governor resigned at the beginning of August after the New York state attorney general discovered that Cuomo had been involved in a harassment of in general 11 female employees. Cuomo denied all the accusations regarding sexual misconduct but apologized before any woman that ever made feel uncomfortable.

Cuomo is expected to appear in court on November 17 under the issued summon, according to CBS News.

The filing reads that Cuomo did “intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim and onto her intimate body part.” The former governor’s purposes were described as “degrading and gratifying his sexual desires, all contrary to the provisions of the statute.”

The target of the undesired touching hasn’t been named, but the complaint reads it happened at the governor’s executive mansion in Albany on 7 December of the previous year.