Aide Who Claims Cuomo Groped Her Files Criminal Complaint As Governor's Legal Woes Mount

ToplineAndrew Cuomo's aide claims that the governor of New York groped him at the executive mansion last January. Friday's statement by the Albany County Sheriff's Office was the latest indication of Cuomo's legal troubles. This follows an earlier independent investigation which claimed that he had sexually harassed 11 women.NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 24, 2010: Andrew Cuomo, New York Attorney General, holds a press conference on... [+] recalled Toyota vehicles February 24, 2010, in New York City. Cuomo is thought to be a candidate for New York Governor. He has reached an agreement to provide Toyota owners in New York alternative transportation and other perks following the massive recall of Toyota cars. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images). Getty ImagesThe Key FactsThe complaint was first reported by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal. The woman, who is an executive assistant to Cuomo, but whose name has not been made public, filed it on Thursday afternoon. After being called by the governor to assist with a minor technical problem with his cell phone, she made it public that Cuomo (63), reached under her blouse and rubbed her breasts. After this claim was made public by New York Attorney General Letitia Jam in Tuesday's report, Cuomo denied that it had ever occurred. He said: "I welcome the chance for a thorough and fair review before the judge and jury because this just didn't happen." The complaint revolves around the alleged inappropriate touching and groping. The 165-page report also contains details. The result could be that the complaint is substantiated, and an arrest has been made. It would then be up to [the district attorney] to prosecute the case, stated Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple in an interview to The New York Post.Important QuoteRichard Azzopardi was a spokesperson for Governor Rick Azzopardi. He pointed out the May Cuomo administration referral of the aides allegations in the Albany Police Department. Azzopardi stated that we made a referral almost four months before the state policies dictated.Important BackgroundThese allegations are some of the most serious against Governor Christie. The woman claimed that he had cupped her breast and told investigators from the New York Attorney Generals team. She continued: At the moment, I was so shocked, I can only tell you that I saw his hand. But, the attorney general investigation also included allegations made by 10 other women, some of them former employees. This report has sparked a flood of calls for Cuomos to resign and has prompted a state-level probe into whether the governor should face impeachment.What to WatchThe governor is currently being investigated criminally by five different prosecutors, including Cyrus Vance, Manhattan District Attorney. Lindsey Boylan (another woman who accuses the governor of sexual harassment) has indicated that she will also launch legal action against him.Continue readingCuomo Under Criminal Investigation for Sexual Misconduct in Manhattan, Albany And Westchester (Forbes).Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Females In Violation of State and Federal Law, NY Attorney General finds (Forbes).Cuomo denies sexually harassing women, says Attorney Generals Bombshell Investigation is Wrong (Forbes).Cuomo is losing allies quickly, but shows no sign of resigning. Here's what could happen next (Forbes).Who is Kathy Hochul, the Lieutenant Governor? First In Line To Succeed Andrew Cuomo? (Forbes)