Former Governor Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harassment by former aide in new lawsuit

Albany, New York — Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being sued by a former aide alleging sexual harassment while he was in office.

Brittany Commisso, Cuomo’s former executive aide, filed a lawsuit against the former governor in Albany State Supreme Court on Wednesday. The three-page subpoena was filed just before the deadline for lawsuits under the Adult Survivors Act expired. This special law gives victims of sexual abuse a one-year grace period, which is not allowed due to time limits.

Commisso is one of at least 11 women who have accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct, leading to his abrupt resignation in 2021 in a #MeToo-era scandal that marked a major downfall for the Democratic Party. He denies the charges.

Commisso’s lawsuit alleges that Cuomo sexually harassed her and subjected her to unwanted touching, and that Cuomo punished her for reporting the incident. The lawsuit seeks monetary damages. Her claims led to criminal charges against Mr. Cuomo, which were ultimately dismissed last year at the request of county prosecutors, who said they could trust her but could not prove her case.

Cuomo’s attorney, Rita M. Glavine, slammed the filing.

“Mr. Commisso’s claims have been proven false, which is why the Albany County District Attorney dismissed this case two years ago after conducting a thorough investigation.” Ms. Commisso’s transparent attempts to do so will fail, and I look forward to seeing her in court,” Glavine said in a statement.

The Adult Survivors Act has paved the way for a wave of lawsuits against high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct, with many filing in the final weeks before it expires. Over the past year, it has led to more than 2,500 lawsuits, including lawsuits against former President Donald Trump, hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, and comedian and actor Russell Brand.

The Associated Press does not identify people who say they were sexually assaulted unless they choose to speak publicly, as Commisso did in an interview.

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