He’s going — kicking and screaming all the way.
As he packed up his stuff at the Albany executive mansion Friday, disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s private attorney identified as for “corrections” to the point out legal professional general’s bombshell investigation that compelled him to stop his third expression.
Rita Glavin, Cuomo’s personal lawyer, made the needs as she break up hairs around footnotes and descriptions of Cuomo’s harassment in the 168-web site report for the duration of an appearance streamed on the internet throughout which reporters could not check with thoughts.
Glavin yet again tried to undercut the accounts from Cuomo’s 11 accusers, frequently by focusing on footnotes in the report and other slight aspects.
Legal professional Common Letitia James’ probe affirmed and unveiled accounts of sexual harassment and misconduct from 11 ladies versus Cuomo, together with current and previous staffers and point out workforce.
Cuomo introduced last week he would resign following his longtime political aid crumbled absent in the aftermath of the report’s release.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is slated to on Tuesday at midnight take in excess of as governor.
In one particular instance, Glavin attempted to undercut the report by pointing out that 1 sufferer — State Entity Staff Amount 1, who stays publicly unknown — was straight employed by the condition and rather worked for an “affiliated” business.
“What we do know is that the report — in a line that’s a little bit of a throwaway line — pointed out that she really does not operate for a condition entity,” mentioned Glavin. “This certain woman will work for an entity that is affiliated with the condition, OK?”
But that wasn’t her only objection to a insignificant element in the AG’s report.
“The report reported that as the governor took a image with this woman who is effective with a point out affiliated entity, the governor estimate, ‘put his hand on Point out Entity Staff Number 1’s butt, tapped it twice and then grabbed her butt’,” Glavin said, pointing to an occasion in which a description of Cuomo’s harassment was contemporaneously documented in an email.
Nevertheless, Glavin insisted that the message only described Cuomo patting the employee’s rear, even though not explicitly mentioning that she was then grabbed by the governor.
Irrespective of all her concentration on the minutia, Glavin wrongly placed Pier 40 on the Higher West Facet as she mentioned the probable place of exactly where Cuomo harassed the unnamed girl. The pier is in fact found off Houston St., dozens of blocks to the south.
Glavin, a former US prosecutor, has repeatedly attacked the believability of Cuomo’s accusers’ in the latest months, focusing unique ire on the account of Virginia Limmiatis, who accused Cuomo of touching her chest all through a May 2017 occasion.She did so yet again Tuesday, pointing to a slew of photographs released by Cuomo’s office environment of the event that she claimed undercut Limmiatis’s account since she appears to be delighted and smiling in them.
In response, Limmiatis’ lawyer ripped an “abandoned and alone” Cuomo for his desperate try to distinct his identify.
“Abandoned and alone, Cuomo uses his last couple times on the work to choose care of himself instead than New York, and resorts to his previous strategies,” attorney Mariann Wang claimed in a statement.
“Virginia Limmiatis is familiar with the reality and has sworn to it, as have her witnesses,” Wang extra. “Cuomo’s touching was inappropriate and unacceptable, and as the AG report concluded, illegal.”
AG James was also not amused by Glavin’s latest salvos at her report, the compound of which continues to be mostly untouched inspite of months of attacks from Cuomo and his handful of remaining allies.
“Given the a number of, ongoing criminal investigations into the governor’s perform, it would not be proper to answer even further to these baseless assaults,” explained James’s spokeswoman Delaney Kempner.
“The 168-site report and added 486 webpages of reveals evidently corroborate the encounters of the complainants, still the governor and his aides go on to undermine people who seek to expose this dangerous perform,” she included. “We cannot permit survivors of sexual harassment to be further more traumatized by these continued attacks, lies, and conspiracy theories.”
The assertion seemingly ruled out any possibility that James’s office would accede to Galvin’s desire that the report be amended to additional thoroughly include Cuomo’s protection.
Further reporting by Bernadette Hogan