Former New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was sued, along with former aide Melissa DeRosa, on Thursday by a state trooper from his security detail over claims of sexual harassment, with the accuser alleging he “violated” her and that the aide helped cover up the incident.
The suit was filed in the Eastern District of New York, also naming the New York State Police as a defendant in the case.
Listed only as “Trooper 1,” the woman claimed “she felt violated as the Governor intentionally touched her in intimate locations between her breasts and vagina,” according to the lawsuit.
“As Trooper 1 went ahead of the Governor to hold a door open for him, the Governor placed the palm of his hand on her belly button and slid it across her waist to her right hip, where her gun was holstered,” the complaint added.
Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was sued over alleged sexual harassment by a state trooper who was part of his protective detail. https://t.co/YR8ukpzrDl
— Bloomberg Law (@BLaw) February 18, 2022
“As with his other victims, the governor used his physical proximity to Trooper 1 to touch her inappropriately,” the lawsuit alleged.
Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi spoke out against the allegation, according to an Associated Press report.
“Gov. Cuomo will fight every attempt at cheap cash extortions and is anxious to have the dirty politics stop — we look forward to justice in a court of law,“ Azzopardi said Thursday.
Cuomo told investigators that he would hug the female trooper hello, and that he “may have touched her shoulder,” according to the report. He said he didn’t remember additional touching.
“If I did, it was incidental, and I don’t remember doing that,” he said.
DeRosa, accused of helping to cover up the alleged incident, had previously blasted the trooper’s claims in a lengthy statement in November posted to Twitter.
She noted “it’s absolutely beyond the pale for this trooper, who by her own admission I barely knew — who has already attempted to extort me for money — to make these accusations based on false rumors and for them to be printed in a newspaper,” DeRoss stated.
“Not only is this ludicrous, it’s hurtful, and potentially actionable,” she added.
— Melissa DeRosa (@melissadderosa) November 12, 2021
In January, an Albany judge dismissed the criminal case against Cuomo that alleged he forcibly groped one of his aides during his time as governor.
“The dismissal was expected, and inevitable, after Albany County District Attorney David Soares said Tuesday that he was declining to prosecute Cuomo, 64, for allegedly forcibly touching female aide Brittany Commisso at the governor’s Executive Mansion in late 2020. The charge is a misdemeanor,” CNBC reported.
“The Albany criminal case, which was initially filed by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office without Soares’ knowledge in advance, was the only criminal case lodged against Cuomo in connection with the alleged harassment,” the report added.
Commisso issued a statement this week slamming Soares after learning that he was going to drop the case. The Daily Wire previously reported:
“My disappointing experience of re-victimization with the failure to prosecute a serial sexual abuser, no matter what degree the crime committed, yet again sadly highlights the reason victims are afraid to come forward, especially against people in power,” she said in a statement to the Times Union. “When will our voices uniformly be accepted? Where do we go to have our rights vindicated? Unfortunately, this is just another example of where our criminal justice system needs to do better.”
She added, “To every victim out there silently suffering from sexual harassment at the hands of a powerful government official, wondering what will happen if you tell the truth, please don’t let what has happened to me deter you from speaking up.”
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