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Former Cuomo aide sues over sexual harassment

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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a new legal challenge as Brittany Commisso, a former staffer, has filed a lawsuit against him under the Adult Survivors Act.

Commisso alleges that Cuomo sexually harassed her and retaliated against her after she refused his advances and reported the misconduct. This lawsuit comes amidst Cuomo’s speculation about a return to public office, a move that Commisso criticized in light of her allegations and those of other victims.

Commisso initially came forward with her allegations in 2021, claiming that Cuomo groped her in the executive mansion in 2020. These allegations contributed to Cuomo’s resignation, following a series of sexual harassment accusations from 11 individuals and the looming threat of impeachment by the state Legislature.

Despite these claims and his subsequent resignation, Cuomo has consistently maintained his innocence. The charges initially brought against him in Commisso’s case were dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

Responding to the lawsuit, Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, labeled Commisso’s claims as “provably false,” referencing the previous dismissal of the case by the Albany District Attorney after an extensive investigation. Glavin dismissed the lawsuit as a “transparent attempt at a cash grab” and expressed confidence in addressing the allegations in court. The case is set to be a significant legal battle, potentially impacting Cuomo’s public image and political future.