NEW YORK (AP) – Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will not face criminal charges after a policewoman said she felt “completely offended” by his unwelcome touch at an event in Belmont Park in September 2019, said Long Island Attorney. Thursday.
Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith said in a statement that the investigation found the charges against Cuomo “credible, seriously troubling, but not criminal under New York City law.”
Smith launched an investigation after details of the meeting surfaced in Attorney General Laetitia James’ August report on sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo. The report documented accusations by 11 women, leading to Cuomo’s resignation from office, although he called the findings biased and inaccurate.
A message requesting comment was left to a spokesman for Cuomo.
According to James’ report, the soldier said Cuomo ran the palm of his left hand over her belly, to her navel, and then to her right thigh, where she held the pistol while she held the door open for him when he left the Belmont Park event. September 23, 2019
Cuomo was at the state racetrack for the final round of the Triple Crown to open up a new arena for NHL New Yorkers. The arena, adjacent to the track’s main stand and paddock, opened last month.
The soldier, a member of Cuomo’s security service, told James’s investigators that Cuomo’s behavior at the event made her feel “completely offended because to me it was like it was between my chest and my genders.”
James’ report stated that while the soldier was upset by Cuomo’s unwanted touch, she didn’t feel like she could do anything about it.
“I am a soldier recently assigned on a mission. I want to make a wave? No, ”she said. “I’ve heard horror stories of people who are confused or carried over like little things. … I was not going to report it. “
The soldier told James’ investigators that what happened in Belmont Park was just one of many examples of Cuomo’s “flirtatious” and “creepy” behavior towards her.
Once in the elevator, he ran a finger from her neck to her back, she said. On another occasion, he asked her to kiss in the driveway outside his Mount Kisco home, she said.
“I remember how I just froze, being … in the back of my head, I am, oh, how can I say no politely?” she told investigators.
The Nassau County investigation was limited to a meeting in Belmont Park, which is located on the county’s border with New York. Authorities in other parts of the state were looking into other allegations in James’ report.
In October, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office filed a misdemeanor complaint against Cuomo, but a week later, the district attorney asked the judge to give him more time to assess the evidence.
The district attorney said the sheriff’s one-page criminal complaint based on the woman’s allegations that Cuomo reached into her blouse and grabbed her by the chest at the governor’s mansion at the end of 2020 was “potentially defective.”
At the request of the prosecutor, the court postponed the indictment of Cuomo until January 7.