Andrew Cuomo's Attorneys Dispute Claims Of Sexual Harassment, Again

A lawyer showed a photo of the governor with his hand near a woman's chest to prove he did not touch the woman's chest.
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An attorney for outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that she planned to send a letter in the next week to New York Attorney General Letitia James “requesting that she correct and that she supplement” a damning report on the Democratic leader’s alleged behavior.

The Aug. 3 report documented a series of sexual harassment accusations that 11 women in the governor’s orbit made against him. Cuomo resigned a week after the report’s release under a torrent of pressure.

His attorney, Rita Glavin, said she still has not received access to supplementary materials used in James’ investigation and that there were problems with some of the evidence she has been able to access.

Glavin pointed to images of the event where one of Cuomo’s accusers, Virginia Limmiatis, says the governor touched her inappropriately. Cuomo allegedly ran two fingers over the name of Limmiatis’ employer spelled out on her T-shirt on her chest.

In a slide, the attorney highlighted a photo documenting part of the interaction between Cuomo and Limmiatis; in it, Cuomo has two fingers near the woman’s chest. Yet Glavin said “there’s no indication” that Cuomo touched her inappropriately.

“It doesn’t make sense, if you look at the photo, that he would have done that,” Glavin said.

The slide evoked the press conference Cuomo held on Aug. 3 in which he shared a slideshow of himself hugging and kissing people in various situations.

A slide from attorney Rita Glavin's Aug. 20 news conference.
A slide from attorney Rita Glavin's Aug. 20 news conference.
Rita Glavin

Glavin then moved on to an anonymous accuser, referred to in the report as State Entity Employee #1, who says Cuomo tapped her rear end twice and then grabbed it. Glavin pointed to a partially redacted email that the woman sent the day after the incident that described only the two pats and not the groping.

Another accuser, Brittany Commisso, was not present at the governor’s mansion the day a local paper, the Times Union, reported that a groping incident had happened, Glavin said. She cited attendance records from the governor’s mansion.

One of Glavin’s slides stated in bold lettering: “THE REPORT MUST INCLUDE THE EVIDENCE FAVORABLE TO THE GOVERNOR.”

Moving trucks were photographed on Friday loading up Cuomo’s possessions as he prepared to leave the governor’s mansion, where he has resided for a decade. His last full day will be Monday.

Cuomo maintains that he never sexually harassed anyone, but he apologized for certain comments he made to women in the past.

“There is a difference between alleged improper conduct and concluding sexual harassment,” Cuomo said.

“I have slipped and called people honey, sweetheart and darling,” he said. “I meant it to be endearing, but women found it dated and offensive.”

Another investigation into Cuomo’s conduct and the general atmosphere of his office ― which James labeled “toxic” ― is still underway in the New York state legislature.

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