An alleged groping incident by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being investigated by police in Albany, New York. The police characterize the allegation as something that may rise “to the level of a crime.”
Though the police department had not received a formal complaint from the alleged victim, it has reached out to her lawyer.
Albany officials caution that the department has NOT opened a criminal investigation, but has offered its services to the victim as it would do with any report or incident like the one alleged.
An article in the Times Union of Albany reported accusations against the governor. She is accusing the governor of groping her at the governor’s mansion.
Beth Garvey, the governor’s acting counsel, has spoken with the police about the incident and confirmed the conversation in a statement saying she initiated the call and reported the allegations. This, after the female aide’s attorney told the governor’s office that she did not want to file a report.
“As a matter of state policy, when allegations of physical contact are made, the agency informs the complainant that they should contact their local police department,” Garvey said in a statement. “If they decline, the agency has an obligation to reach out themselves and inform the department of the allegation.”
According to the Times Union, the aide was summoned to the governor’s residence to assist him with a technical issue. Cuomo allegedly reached under her blouse to grope her.
The Governor has firmly denied the accusations. In a statement he said, “I have never done anything like this.”
Cuomo is under fire not just because of an increasing number of inappropriate allegations with young women but because his team sent thousands of people recovering from Covid-19 into nursing homes and then, per one of his team members, tried to hide the information because there was fear the Department of Justice might investigate.