On Friday, January 19, 2024, CBS News reported that former New York governor Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James seeking access to records and witness interviews from the state’s investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Cuomo stepped down from office in 2021 after the attorney general’s independent investigation found he had sexually harassed multiple women. The investigation report included testimony from 11 women. Cuomo has denied the allegations and criticized the investigation as unfair.

In the new lawsuit, Cuomo argues he needs full access to the witness statements and evidence from the investigation to properly defend himself against two ongoing sexual harassment lawsuits related to the case. One was filed in February 2022 by a New York State Trooper alleging discrimination and retaliation, while the other was brought by a former aide, Charlotte Bennett, in September 2022.

Cuomo’s legal team contends Attorney General James promised the records of the investigation would be made public but has since attempted to keep them private. A federal judge previously declined to release similar records in a separate case Cuomo filed last year seeking access.

The Attorney General’s office declined to comment on the new lawsuit when contacted by CBS News. Cuomo released a statement claiming every piece of information since the investigation has undermined its findings and accused James of conducting a political “hit job” to help her unsuccessful run for governor.

Cuomo is still facing another unrelated sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former executive assistant Brittany Commisso over two alleged instances of unwanted groping in 2019 and 2020. He continues to deny all allegations against him.

 

 

Source: CBS News