The late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo once famously said “I have no quarrel with people seeing me as a sinner.” Politicians can indeed survive as sinners, particularly repentant sinners. However, his son, Andrew Cuomo, the current New York governor, moved today from presumed sinner but presumed assaulter. He is facing eleven women, including a current staffer, who have accused him of extensive acts of sexual harassment and assault. Andrew Cuomo is looking at years of litigation, including depositions as not just a sinner but a virtual predator.
The most notable factual allegation was a trooper who said that Cuomo ran his hands over her body and that this assault was witnessed by another trooper. Other women gave testimony on Cuomo pressing women into relationships, creating a “toxic” environment for women, and attacking not just women but the investigators (which Attorney General Letitia James called “offensive”).
Putting aside the likelihood of impeachment proceedings, Cuomo is looking at immediate legal exposure. The most important disclosure is that a current staff member is one of the eleven alleged victims. That could be important in litigating these claims. Under federal law, the statute of limitations is three years. State periods are shorter but a current allegation can be used to incorporate other prior cases which might otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations.
Some of these allegations would constitute misdemeanor assault given allegations of Cuomo the breasts and butts of staffers. However, those offenses face the same problems of statutes of limitations even though one woman has filed a complaint with the Albany Police department. James specifically stated that her office views this matter as “closed” and the allegations as “civil” matters.
In addition to sexual harassment claims, women could bring tort actions over assault and infliction of emotional distress. There could also be claims over defamation after Cuomo effectively called from of these women liars by denying certain acts ever occurred. He has categorically denied the groping allegations despite the claim of James that it was witnessed. Once again, the viability of such actions will depend on the statute of limitations. Some of these torts could be alleged to have continued through his actions and statements in response to the controversy.
In his public response, Cuomo gave a foreshadowing of his defense as a type of serial kisser and hugger. He does not go all in with the Clintonesque “bimbo eruption” attack but he does paint accusers as politically motivated. He claims that this is a “generational” or “cultural” difference that has been weaponized by the “politics and bias” in this scandal. He even attacks the accusers as undermining real victims of sexual harassment. Cuomo quoted his father as saying “politics is an ugly business” but this is going to perfectly grotesque in the months to come.
The problem for his counsel is that Cuomo has now locked in this defense. His claim to have been engaging in his own effort form of sexual harassment therapy can be admissible. It is likely to be mocked by opposing counsel and some jurors are likely to find it repellent. Opposing counsel can now juxtapose his therapeutic claim against graphic claims of the groping of breasts and buttocks. I think that he just committed himself to a bench trial if he can get it.
The ongoing impeachment proceedings will now receive a record composed of eleven alleged victims, 179 interviews and 74,000 pieces of evidence. Notably, unlike what occurred in the truncated Trump impeachment (including the first snap impeachment in history), Cuomo will receive a thorough and complete impeachment investigation. The last governor to be impeached could not have been more different. In 1913, William “Plain Bill” Sulzer was targeted for impeachment after pushing anti-corruption measures that irritated the infamous Tammany Hall. He was impeached based allegations involving the misuse of a small amount of campaign funds.
Known as the “Poor Man’s Friend,” Sulzer had no friends in the political machine. That may now be the only similarity to Andrew Cuomo. He has more alleged victims and public allies after the James report.
Cuomo is still looking at an ongoing investigation over the alleged use of public staff and resources in writing his controversial book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic” – a book deal that result in a windfall payment of $4 million from Crown books.
Cuomo will now have to spend much of that $4 million in litigation that will likely continue for years.
Cuomo is facing the small possibility of a criminal charge but the overwhelming likelihood of civil lawsuits. In his 2014 book, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, Cuomo wrote “Some have suggested that I see my return to political life as a second chance. Not really—I see it as if I had come back from the dead. And I’ve discovered that being a political Lazarus has a silver lining: When you survive your worst fears, there’s very little that can shake you.”
This report however is a roadmap for litigants and, regardless of whether he shakes or survives, Cuomo is well now spend years as a serial defendant.
65 thoughts on “Cuomo Accused of Being Serial Harasser as Cuomo Attacks Accusers as Political Hacks”
There’s a one word answer to the Cuomo problem: Attica.
You’re the top!
About time for Governor Creepo to claim anit-Italian bias. What he doesn’t say if that this involved some Gumbah’s daughter that was harrassed, Cuomo wouldn’t need a lawyer or even a public statement written by CNN. All that he’d need are just some cement overshoes and a deep spot on the East River.
Yeah, we handle internal stuff internally. Ciao!
mespo…………it would be an opportune time for him to join the “Italian Navy” 😉
I’d sponsor him.
Sleeps with the fishes.
Hi Cindy, I hope all is well on your end down there.
I’ve been kinda avoiding you & Mespo.
I seen you two writing about F150 Fords, Silverardos & lol’ing at Toyotas.
I haven’t wanted to get drawn/quarter & disembowelled by you two saying so, but my wife & I ended up buying a Tacoma.
LOL, We’ve had it around 6 months & still haven’t put a 1000 miles on it. But I think it looks good in the driveway & I think it’s the best damn leaning on truck I’ve ever had.
Oky1…LOL…..great to see you….The Tacoma I had one time had a habit of “fish tailing” on the highway if the truck bed was empty. That was my complaint. But I hope you and your wife have many fun trips! Just keep the bed loaded! And safe travels!
It’s a 4 door. I’m still not complete used to it. To many electronic gadgets that could break for my liking.
But we both wanted to take our GS dogs to the lake & elsewhere.
I does fit in a store parking lots better the our Silverardo.
We’ve since found her a new Oncologist after Cancer Treatment Of America closed here & left Okla. We both believe that she was lucky enough to have them & the latest treatment & it seems to have worked as she’s almost ready to roll over 4 years now.
One good thing about all the things/ family members lost over the decades is that we’ve both seem to have come to grips with our own mortality.
Thus every day now is just another beautiful day with our Lord Jesus.
Oky1……so happy about your wife and new oncologist…..continued good thoughts, prayers and success!
Oky – best wishes for you and your wife. Sending a prayer that her new oncologist takes great care of her, and that her treatment goes well.
Excellent video Mespo.
It reminds me of growing up sitting on both sides of that seat, old school vs new school. In old school I don’t recall they had a lot of extra time for explaining.
The Dems chose this story over Cuomo’s nursing home covid deaths because it’s a safer story, politically, going into 2022. ……has nothing to do with women’s rights and sexism. The amount of caring and concern by Dems regarding the sexual harassment of women would not begin to fill the push-up bra of a lady from Lilliput..
I guess this means that the nursing home deaths caused by Cuomo’s orders are forgotten. Covering up a few thousand old people dead, so what? Everyone can be diverted into
the outrage over the perv’s groping. The DOJ can forget about those deaths too. Justice, American style, is served.
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