Former Governor Cuomo Charged With Misdemeanor Sex Crime

Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching,
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Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching, a spokesperson for the New York State courts confirmed to The Daily Beast on Thursday.

The news came after a flurry of confusion, and suggestions that the criminal summons had been erroneously issued. But according to Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for New York State courts, “a Misdemeanor Complaint against former Governor Andrew Cuomo has been filed in Albany City Court.”

The statement mirrors what a clerk at Albany Criminal Court told The Daily Beast. “As this is a sex crime, a redacted complaint will be available shortly,” Chalfen added.

The allegation stems from a December 2020 incident at the Executive Mansion, during which Cuomo allegedly groped a female aide while the two were alone.

Cuomo resigned in August but has vehemently denied all allegations of sexual misconduct or unwanted advances, calling them “playful” encounters that were misconstrued.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast, the incident happened on Dec. 7 on the second floor of Cuomo’s mansion.

The complaint says Cuomo “did intentionally and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse first of the victim...and onto her intimate body part.

“Specifically, the victims left breast for the purposes of degrading and gratifying his sexual desires...Read more.

Editor's Note: New York Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement after criminal charges were brought against former Governor Andrew Cuomo:

“From the moment my office received the referral to investigate allegations that former Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, we proceeded without fear or favor. The criminal charges brought today against Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report.”

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