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Cuomo was to be questioned by investigators on Saturday as part of a state investigation into claims of sexual assault by his female colleagues.
Outside attorneys hired by state Attorney General Letitia James will have Cuomo in the hot seat in Albany, though the time and location have not been announced.
James hired former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Jun Kim and a prominent employment attorney, Anne Clark, to lead the investigation.
The Democratic governor reportedly made preparations with his lawyers to prepare for the questioning this week.
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Cuomo is being represented by Rita Glavin, a former US Justice Department official.
The Albany Times Union reported that he was expected to answer questions under oath.
Four of Cuomo’s accusers were issued summons in May to testify in the AG’s investigation.
Lindsay Boylan, a former colleague, became the first woman to accuse Cuomo of misconduct in a series of tweets in December. She then wrote about her time working for the governor on the website Medium, saying that she kissed him on the lips at his Manhattan office in 2018.
A former colleague, 26-year-old Charlotte Bennett, said she believes Cuomo tried to propose to her in 2020 after he asked her questioning questions about her sex life.
“I thought, He’s trying to sleep with me. The governor is trying to sleep with me and I’m so uncomfortable and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible,” Bennett told CBS News anchor Nora O’Donnell. told.
An unnamed aide has said that Cuomo reached under her blouse to grab one of her breasts on top of her bra.
And Anna Liss, a policy and operations associate, has said that Cuomo acted inappropriately once by touching her lower back at a reception and kissing her hand when she got up from her desk.
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Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.
Bennett’s attorney, Debra Katz, issued a statement rebuking Cuomo, saying the governor initially “acknowledged his inappropriate behavior” and apologized.
“Since then, he has repeatedly lied publicly in an attempt to retract his original admission. Realizing that his approval was insufficient to quell growing calls for public accountability, he has since bellowed lies. And refused to stick by Trumpian’s one set of facts,” Katz said. “He has also demonstrated a jaw-dropping ignorance of the sexual harassment law – without much fanfare – suggesting that his behavior is okay because he was never meant to make women feel uncomfortable.”
The statement went on to note Saturday’s expected interrogation.
“He won’t be able to distract from the questions asked at his press conference and he won’t be able to play with words. Will he accept his inappropriate behavior, or will he continue his ridiculous lies and victim-blaming? What story will he tell this time?”
“We have said repeatedly that the governor does not want to comment on this review unless he has cooperated,” a Cuomo spokesman told the Times union on Thursday.
Cuomo’s investigation also includes allegations that state employees were pressured to work on his most recent book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
There is a separate investigation by the FBI and the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office over the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, which also includes a coverup of the total number of nursing home residents killed by COVID-19.
According to documents released Friday, he spent $173,098 in campaign cash to pay Glavin.
Cuomo said in early June that he was not using campaign money for legal costs “at this time”.