Andrew Cuomo created a “sexually hostile work environment,” according to the Justice Department settlement
An agreement between the Department of Justice and the New York State Executive Chamber was announced Friday to resolve sexual harassment and retaliation allegations against the former New York governor Andrew CuomoIt concluded that he created a “sexually hostile work environment” for at least 13 female government employees.
Back in 2021, New York’s Attorney General Letitia James He released a report detailing the allegations against Cuomo, saying an independent investigation found that he “harassed multiple women, many of them young women, by engaging in unwanted touching, kissing, hugging, and making inappropriate comments,” which he has since denied. . In response, he said, “I want you to know directly from me that I have never touched anyone inappropriately or made any inappropriate sexual advances. I’m 63 years old, and I’ve lived my entire adult life in public view. That’s not who I am.” . This is not who I used to be.” As a result, he later resigned in August of the same year.
In the latest development in this matter, which should put an end to the matter, the Department of Justice stated in its report that “Governor Cuomo repeatedly subjected these female employees to unwelcome and non-consensual sexual contact; Gazing. Unwelcome sexual comments; Nicknames based on gender; Comments on their physical appearance; and/or preferential treatment based on their physical appearance.”
In a statement from Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s spokesman, he responded to the report’s conclusion, saying the Justice Department’s work “is not worth the paper it is printed on.”