4 days earlier than his resignation takes impact, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced one other broad protection of his conduct towards girls, attempting to question the credibility of a few of these whom a damning report by New York’s legal professional normal discovered he sexually harassed.
Mr. Cuomo’s private lawyer, Rita Glavin, stated at a briefing on Friday that the legal professional normal’s report was riddled with errors and omitted doubtlessly exculpatory proof, together with testimony, photographs and paperwork, that she stated contradicted or forged doubt on among the girls’s accounts.
In her 22-minute presentation, Ms. Glavin stated she deliberate to submit a letter to the legal professional normal, Letitia James, asking that Ms. James “make corrections, embrace materials omissions and complement the file” with proof that Ms. Glavin stated had been overlooked of the report.
“The report has to incorporate proof that was favorable to the governor that the investigators have been advised about,” Ms. Glavin stated, including that the doc ought to “be made fulsome.”
In an announcement responding to Ms. Glavin’s remarks, Delaney Kempner, a spokeswoman for Ms. James, defended the investigation’s integrity, saying it “was exhaustive, thorough and with out exterior affect, interval.”
Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, has not spoken publicly since his announcement final week that he was resigning, however Ms. Glavin’s remarks supplied the newest glimpse of how he could proceed to struggle the fallout from the report after he leaves workplace.
In persevering with to defend himself, Mr. Cuomo seems to have settled on a twofold technique: salvage his now-stained legacy and confront the persevering with investigations into the sexual harassment claims by the State Meeting and native prosecutors.
As intent as he could also be on not leaving workplace with out a struggle, Mr. Cuomo has stored a comparatively low profile in his ultimate days as governor. This week, he filed retirement papers with the state, signed payments that had lingered on his desk and pardoned or commuted the sentences of 10 incarcerated folks.
On Friday, U-Haul vans have been seen exterior his present residence, the 40-room Government Mansion on Eagle Avenue in Albany, the place a Cuomo has resided for 2 of the previous 4 a long time. (His father, Mario M. Cuomo, was additionally a three-term Democratic governor.)
It’s unclear the place Mr. Cuomo will transfer — he doesn’t personal property — however he’s contemplating renting a home in Westchester County, based on an individual near him. He has lived in Westchester earlier than, along with his ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, and along with his former accomplice, Sandra Lee.
Ms. Glavin, who emerged as Mr. Cuomo’s chief defender after Ms. James launched the report on Aug. 3, additionally had not spoken publicly because the governor introduced his resignation, which turns into official Monday evening.
Her presentation on Friday highlighted lots of the factors she made instantly earlier than Mr. Cuomo introduced his resignation on Aug. 10. On the time, Ms. Glavin stated that the report was crafted to suit a “predetermined narrative” and that the governor “had been convicted within the media.”
On Friday, she sought to dismantle the claims made by among the 11 girls whose allegations have been included within the 165-page report. In doing so, she usually cited circumstantial proof that didn’t essentially disprove these claims.
Ms. Glavin homed in, for instance, on allegations made by Virginia Limmiatis, an power firm employee whom Mr. Cuomo met on a rope line at a conservation occasion in Could 2017, based on the report.
Ms. Limmiatis was carrying a shirt together with her employer’s identify on it, and the report stated Mr. Cuomo had run “two fingers throughout her chest, urgent down on every of the letters as he did so and studying out the identify of the power firm as he went.”
Looking for to rebut Ms. Limmiatis’s account, Ms. Glavin displayed one among many pictures that have been taken on the occasion, which she stated didn’t embrace a rope line. The photograph, Ms. Glavin argued, confirmed a grinning Mr. Cuomo brushing Ms. Limmiatis’s shoulder along with his left hand, not her chest along with his proper hand, because the report stated.
Mariann Wang, Ms. Limmiatis’s lawyer, responded by saying her shopper had advised a number of witnesses on the occasion, and in subsequent days, that Mr. Cuomo “had touched her breasts and that it was profoundly upsetting and humiliating.” These witnesses, she stated, supplied statements underneath oath to the investigators employed by the legal professional normal.
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“His legal professional falsely implies that they’ve photographs depicting the whole interplay with Ms. Limmiatis,” Ms. Wang stated of the governor. “However the photographs don’t depict the interplay of inappropriate touching that Ms. Limmiatis testified to.”
Ms. Wang added that Mr. Cuomo’s “assaults needs to be seen for what they’re: the determined efforts of a bully down and alone, incapable of taking accountability for the hurt he’s prompted and decided to get again on prime by means of extra manipulation and evasion.”
In one other occasion, Ms. Glavin stated the report had incorrectly described how one other lady reportedly stated Mr. Cuomo touched her rear finish.
Ms. Glavin displayed an e mail written by the girl, who has not been named publicly, that stated Mr. Cuomo “tapped my butt cheek two occasions (to fast pats) with what felt to be the palm of his hand.”
Ms. Glavin stated the interplay had been described in a extra damaging method within the report, which stated Mr. Cuomo “tapped it twice, after which grabbed her butt.”
Ms. Glavin additionally stated she would submit new data to investigators that may undermine the credibility of Charlotte Bennett, 26. Ms. Bennett, a former aide to Mr. Cuomo, has stated that once they have been alone within the governor’s workplace final 12 months, he requested whether or not she was monogamous or had intercourse with older males. Ms. Glavin didn’t disclose particulars of the knowledge “out of respect” for Ms. Bennett.
In an announcement, Ms. Bennett’s lawyer, Debra Katz, stated that “smearing Charlotte, as his lawyer did in the present day, is actionable post-employment retaliation.”
Additionally on Friday, The Every day Information printed a column by Richard Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, who wrote that Mr. Cuomo had been “railroaded” by Ms. James, a Democrat who is taken into account a potential candidate for governor subsequent 12 months however who has not stated she plans to run.
“The repair was in and an election was overturned on flimsy proof and twisted course of,” Mr. Azzopardi wrote. “No matter you consider Andrew Cuomo, that could be a loss for values we’re presupposed to cherish.”
Ms. Kempner, in her assertion responding to Ms. Glavin, took subject with these in Mr. Cuomo’s camp who continued to problem the credibility of the investigation and the ladies who’ve accused the governor of improper conduct.
“We can’t permit survivors of sexual harassment to be additional traumatized by these continued assaults, lies, and conspiracy theories,” Ms. Kempner stated.