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WHITE PLAINS, NY – On Tuesday, Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah released a statement confirming that, despite “credible evidence” that disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had allegedly sexually harassed several women while in office, she will not be pursuing charges against him.
Cuomo had resigned as Governor in August 2021 after a 168-page report was released by the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James, which concluded that complaints he had sexually harassed multiple women during his time in office – and once even retaliated against a former employee that had come out publicly about the abuse – were deemed credible.
However, Westchester DA Rocah announced on Twitter on Tuesday that Cuomo would not be facing criminal charges for the accusations due to “statutory requirements” of New York law.
“Our investigation found credible evidence to conclude that the alleged conduct in both instances described above did occur,” Rocah said. “However, in both instances, my Office has determined that, although the allegations and witnesses were credible, and the conduct concerning, we cannot pursue criminal charges due to the statutory requirements of the criminal laws of New York.”
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Rocah noted that while Cuomo would not be facing criminal punishment for his alleged harassment, he would nonetheless still be potentially susceptible to any civil lawsuits that his purported victims may file against him.
According to the statement, Rocah’s office had conducted a “thorough investigation” into accusations made against Cuomo from two separate women who said that the former governor had become physical with them without permission; one who said he had kissed her cheek, and another who said that he had grabbed her arm and kissed her cheek.
Allegations against Cuomo that he had inappropriately touched a female state trooper were also recently investigated by the office of Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith, who found them to be “deeply troubling” but “not criminal under New York law.”
Albany County District Attorney David Soares has also announced an investigation into an allegation against Cuomo.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration had also been accused of deliberately obscuring the full scope of nursing home deaths in New York after his administration, attempted to save space in hospitals, instructed medical facilities in the state to send Covid-19 positive patients back into their facilities. Data is still being gathered and it is currently estimated that over 13,000 or as many as 15,000+ New Yorkers died in nursing homes compared to 8,711 originally reported by the Cuomo administration. The F.B.I. has been investigating since February 2021.