According to a newly released report from the New York state Attorney General’s Office, they found there were 11 cases involving sexual harassment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Now one of those women — the person identified as “executive assistant #1” in the report, Brittany Commisso — has filed a criminal complaint with the Albany County sheriff’s office.
Commisso explained to the Times-Union that she was called to help Cuomo with a technical issue with his phone, and that’s when the groping occurred.
The governor came out from behind his desk, and began groping her in a sexually aggressive manner.
“And that wasn’t just a hug,” she said. “He went for it and I kind of like was, ‘Oh, the door is right there.’ … I was mortified that a woman who works here is going to come in and see. … I was terrified of that happening, because that’s not who I am and that’s not what I’m here for.”
“What he did to me was a crime. He broke the law.”
It continued, in part:
As panic set in, it flashed in her mind that insulting the governor could cost her the career she had been working so hard to build.
“I said to him, I said, ‘You’re going to get us in trouble,'” she recalled. “I didn’t know what else to say. … It was pretty much like ‘What are you doing?’ That’s when he slammed the door (shut). He said, ‘I don’t care.'”
He walked toward her a second time.
“I remember exactly what I was wearing,” she said. “I remember him slamming (the door) so hard that I remember thinking to myself that I’m sure the staff is, like, ‘Is everything OK up there?’ He came right back and he pulled me close and all I remember is seeing his hand, his big hand. I remember looking down like, ‘Holy sh_.'”
The governor, she said, had reached under her blouse and his hand was grasping one of her breasts over her bra.
Commisso appeared for an interview Sunday with “CBS This Morning” and the Times Union. The full interview is supposed to air tomorrow. Here’s an excerpt from it.
CBS THIS MORNING EXCLUSIVE: The aide who accused NY Gov. Cuomo of groping her speaks publicly for the first time: "What he did to me was a crime," Brittany Commisso tells @CBSThisMorning & @timesunion. "He broke the law." Watch Monday at 7a, only on CBS. https://t.co/W9SGPNSf1S pic.twitter.com/kRulD0ViUD
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 8, 2021
Jericka Duncan: Why did you file that criminal complaint with the sheriff’s office?
Brittany Commisso: It was the right thing to do. The governor needs to be held accountable…
Duncan: And just so I’m clear, again, being held accountable to you means seeing the governor charged with the crime?
Commisso: What he did to me was a crime. He broke the law.
There’s so much, at this point, that could and should take down Andrew Cuomo — from the sexual harassment allegations to the thousands who died in the nursing homes after his order and the subsequent cover-up.
It’s good that there again seems to be action moving on this. There are a lot of things circling around and maybe finally they’re getting serious about the impeachment. But maybe I’m a cynic. Cuomo believes he can ride it out, and I’m not sure that he’s wrong. It’s what happens generally when there’s a “D” after the name. I’m not sure I believe he will be taken out, even with this. I’ll believe it when I see it.