Cuomo’s executive assistant Brittany Commisso goes public, describes alleged misconduct in interview

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Brittany Commisso, the executive assistant who claims New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo groped her under her shirt publicly discussed her allegations against the governor for the first time in a “CBS This Morning” interview in which she described her experiences and explained why she did it. not show up sooner.

Commisso was previously only known as Executive Assistant No.1, as mentioned in the report released by the New York Attorney General’s Office. Speaking to CBS and the Albany Times Union, Commisso described how Cuomo’s behavior with her escalated over time, starting with hugs.

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“These weren’t hugs he would give his mom or brother. They were hugs with the intention of gaining personal sexual satisfaction,” she said. “Then they started to be hugs and kisses on the cheek, then there was a hug at one point and then when he went to kiss me on the cheek, he quickly turned his head and he got me. kissed on the lips. “

Commisso admitted she didn’t say anything in response and explained why.

“People don’t understand that this is the governor of New York State. There are soldiers out there. They are not there to protect me, they are there to protect him,” he said. she declared. “I felt like if I was doing anything to insult him, especially insult him in his own house, it wasn’t him who was going to be fired or be in trouble.”

Brittany Commisso is one of 11 women named in a scathing report by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, which alleges Cuomo sexually harassed several women and violated federal and state laws.  Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.  Until now, Commisso had remained anonymous, referred to only "Executive Assistant # 1" in the report.
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Brittany Commisso is one of 11 women named in a scathing report by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, which alleges Cuomo sexually harassed several women and violated federal and state laws. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing. Until now, Commisso had remained anonymous, referred to only as “Executive Assistant # 1” in the report.
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Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing involving Commisso and the 10 other women who accused him of misconduct. He responded to claims he gave unwanted hugs or kisses by saying that this is how he usually greets people – even posting a montage of images of him doing this with women and men.

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“Maybe for him… it was normal, but for me and the other women he did this to, it was not normal,” Commisso said. “It was not well received, and it was certainly not consensual.”

The governor’s conduct got even worse, Commisso told investigators. He allegedly grabbed her butt and, in one case, pulled up her blouse and cupped her chest over her bra.

During this last meeting, Commisso said, Cuomo had first hugged her “in a sexually aggressive manner.” She responded, she recalls, telling him, “You’re going to get us in trouble.

“And I thought that probably wasn’t the best thing to say,” Commisso said, “but at that point I was so scared that a member of the mansion staff they would see this and think, oh why is she coming here? And that’s not what I came there for and that’s not who I am. And I was terrified of that.

In response, she said, Cuomo slammed the door, walked over to her, pulled up her blouse.

“It happened so fast that he didn’t say anything. When I stopped him, he just walked away and walked away.”

Commisso said she ultimately lodged a complaint “because it was the right thing to do” and “the governor must be held accountable”.

“What he did to me was a crime. He broke the law,” Commisso said.

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Last week, Commisso filed a complaint with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation is currently underway and it remains to be seen whether the governor will face criminal charges.

The New York State Assembly also investigated Cuomo for possible impeachment. The Assembly Judiciary Committee will then meet to discuss the impeachment on Monday morning at 9:30 am.

Commisso, who still works in administration, has met with impeachment investigators and said she would like to see the governor removed from office.

“I think he needs to resign and I think he needs to seek advice,” she said. “I think he needs professional help.”

When asked what she would say to Cuomo if she had the chance, Commisso paraphrased something Cuomo himself said recently about how “if you give New Yorkers the truth and you give New Yorkers the facts – the good, the bad, the ugly – they’ll do the right thing. “

“I would say, Governor, this is the truth, these are the facts, and it is your turn to do the right thing,” she said. “And that good thing is to quit and speak the truth.”

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