Brittany Commisso, or as she was previously identified as “executive assistant #1” in New York Attorney General Letitia James‘ report, spoke out against Cuomo in an excerpt from Monday’s interview.
“What he did to me was a crime. He broke the law,” she says, before detailing the abuse.
“There started to be hugs with kisses on the cheek, and then there was at one point a hug, and then when he went to go kiss me on the cheek, he’d quickly turned his head and he kissed me on the lips,” Commisso recounts in the clip. Cuomo has since denied the allegations.
When asked what she said in response, Commisso answers: “I didn’t say anything, I didn’t say anything, I didn’t say anything this whole time. People don’t understand that this is the Governor of the state of New York. There are troopers that are outside of the mansion and there are some mansion staff. Those troopers that are there, they are not there to protect me. They are there to protect him.”
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple revealed on Saturday how his office is launching a criminal investigation after Commisso became the first accuser to file a criminal complaint. Depending on the results of the investigation, the governor could face misdemeanor charges, according to Apple.
Commisso’s allegations were included last week in the attorney general’s report, revealing how in 2019 and 2020, Cuomo “engaged in close and intimate hugs” on multiple occasions, and at one point, he “reached under her blouse and grabbed her breast.”
She also recalled a moment while taking a selfie, when the governor “put his hand on and then rubbed and grabbed her butt,” CBS reported.
The attorney general’s report found that Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women” and, in doing so, “violated federal and state law.”
“Those interviewed included complainants, current and former members of the Executive Chamber, State Troopers, additional state employees, and others who interacted regularly with the governor,” the AG’s office said in a statement. “More than 74,000 documents, emails, texts, and pictures were also reviewed as evidence during the investigation.”
Cuomo denied the allegations in a recorded message last week.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” Cuomo said in the video. “I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am, and that’s not who I have ever been.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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