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Feds were investigating Cuomo sexual harassment allegations, document shows

A Cuomo spokesman said that the Justice Department's Civil Division "opened an inquiry in August" and that "we have heard nothing since.”

The Justice Department was investigating allegations of sexual harassment against former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to a state contract that was released Thursday.

It is unclear if the investigation, which was first reported by the New York Post, is continuing. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department declined to comment.

The investigation was mentioned in a contract with a law firm that works for the state’s executive chamber, the governor’s office. The contract, which is dated Oct. 28 and was approved by the state comptroller’s office this week, notes that the Justice Department has “launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the then-governor.”

Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, said: “We understand that the Civil Division opened an investigation in August based on the false politically motivated report from the Attorney General and we have not heard anything since.”

It was in August that the state attorney general’s office, Letitia James, released an explosive report alleging that Cuomo had harassed 11 women, nine of whom were state employees, and subjected some of them to touching or groping. not wanted. Her office retaliated against one of the women after she spoke out about how she was treated, according to the report.

Cuomo, who has denied intentionally harassing anyone, resigned a week after the report was released. He and his allies have claimed that he was misled by James, a fellow Democrat who has since launched his own campaign for governor.

The contract between the executive chamber and the Willkie Farr & Gallagher law firm also mentions other investigations against Cuomo that had been previously reported.

“The Department of Justice and other law enforcement or investigative entities have made inquiries or requests for information related to the chamber’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the publication of a book related to nursing homes. , written by then-Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other issues related to the pandemic, “the contract reads.

In a report made public late last month, the State Assembly Judiciary Committee found that Cuomo had used state employees to help write, edit, and promote a book for which he was paid more than $ 5 million, to even though it had agreed not to use state resources for the project. The report also found that it was not “completely transparent” about the number of Covid deaths in nursing homes in the state.

The 46-page report also found “overwhelming evidence” in support of allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed numerous women.

Cuomo has insisted that any work on the book by state employees was voluntary and “incidental.” Previously, he has denied any wrongdoing related to the nursing home data, which is the subject of an investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.

Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, also dismissed the harassment findings from the Assembly’s report, saying the report “just parrots the flawed attorney general’s report, without addressing the many errors and omissions in the AG’s report and its partial and partial investigation “.

Cuomo has denied touching someone inappropriately, but acknowledged that he may have acted in a way that made people uncomfortable. When he resigned, Cuomo apologized for his behavior but insisted that he had not intended to harass any of his accusers.

He was charged with a misdemeanor forcible touching involving one of the women mentioned in James’ report in October. He is due to appear in court in the case next month.

Glavin has said that Cuomo “never assaulted anyone” and has suggested that his prosecution was politically motivated.

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