Manhattan District Legal professional Cyrus Vance is formally asking for investigative supplies stemming from the Legal professional Normal’s probe of sexual misconduct allegations involving Governor Andrew Cuomo, Gothamist/WNYC has discovered.
In accordance with an announcement from Danny Frost, Vance’s Senior Advisor and Director of Communications, the workplace is trying into information within the Legal professional Normal’s possession “pertaining to incidents that occurred in Manhattan.”
The transfer follows yesterday’s launch of a bombshell impartial investigation, made public by New York Legal professional Normal Letitia James, which discovered that he had sexually harassed 11 ladies, prompting Democratic leaders from throughout the area and nation—together with Home Speeaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden—to demand his resignation.
Spokespeople for Vance didn’t instantly make clear what incidents prosecutors had been probing. However not less than one of many incidents detailed within the AG’s report issues alleged sexual misconduct in Manhattan.
Lindsey Boylan, a former state financial growth deputy secretary, alleged that Cuomo kissed her with out her consent on the finish of a one-on-one assembly in his New York Metropolis workplace in 2018. In response to that particular allegation, which grew to become public earlier this 12 months, Cuomo’s govt employees tried to undermine Boylan, leaking confidential personnel details about her to the press, in accordance with the Legal professional Normal’s report.
One other incident talked about within the report came about in New York Metropolis, although the borough was not specified. That allegation comes from an unnamed worker of a state entity who accused Cuomo of grabbing her butt as he was taking photographs with attendees at an occasion in September of 2019.
Vance’s announcement follows Wednesday morning’s information that Westchester County District Legal professional Mimi Rocah has additionally formally requested the Legal professional Normal for investigative supplies stemming from the damning investigation. In accordance with a replica of the request letter reviewed by WNYC/Gothamist, Westchester prosecutors are occupied with one of many 11 complainants, a state trooper who alleged that Cuomo made inappropriate sexual feedback and twice tried to kiss her.
“Yesterday our workplace grew to become conscious of the ultimate impartial report from Legal professional Normal Letitia James’ workplace relating to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s conduct,” mentioned Rocah in an announcement. “As among the Governor’s conduct described within the report occurred in Westchester County, we’ve got formally requested investigative supplies obtained by the AG’s Workplace. As that is an ongoing investigation, we won’t remark additional right now.”
In the meantime, in Albany County, District Legal professional David Soares introduced that his workplace would launch a legal investigation into the incident the place an govt assistant to the governor mentioned he groped her within the Government Mansion.
In an tackle to the general public yesterday, Cuomo denied wrongdoing. Spokespeople for Cuomo didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.