Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants taxpayers to pay for his private legal defense in a sexual harassment case

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo filed a motion on Wednesday legal action against Attorney General Letitia James after she denied his request to have the state pay for his private defense in the sexual harassment lawsuit. In his lawsuit against James, Cuomo argued that state law required his attorneys’ fees to be paid because the allegations “arose while the employee was acting in the course of his public employment or duties.”

“Sexually harassing young women who work for you is not in anyone’s job description,” a spokesman for the New York Attorney General’s Office said in a statement Thursday. Reuters reported. “Taxpayers should not have to pay legal fees that could reach millions of dollars for Mr. Cuomo’s lawyer to attack survivors of his abuse.”

In response to the denial, Cuomo’s attorney Rita Glavin said, “James’ denial of Governor Cuomo’s request for counsel was arbitrary, capricious, contrary to the plain language of the law, biased, personally and politically contradictory.”

James published a report last year with the results of a five-month independent investigation. James stated, “The independent investigation has determined that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed several women in violation of federal and state laws.”

According to the investigation results, Cuomo resigned from his position in August 2021.

In March, Cuomo attended a New York church and gave a speech in which he declared, “I resigned as governor, the press roasted me, my peers were mocked, my brother was fired.”

Andrew Cuomo insisted that he and his brother Chris Cuomo are the victims of “abandon culture.” He explained that the “political sharks” were after him because they “smelt blood”.

Despite Cuomo’s confidence that certain political figures were targeting him, the former governor somehow managed to evade all criminal charges. The last prosecutor investigating the allegations against Cuomo said there was no legal basis to pursue the case.

Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, said: “The report was reviewed by five different district attorneys and each one declined to proceed on its basis – it was nothing more than a political document and has no legal weight. Your political games go on.”

A New York State Trooper filed legal action against Cuomo in February. The police officer, who has chosen to remain anonymous, accused Cuomo of sexually harassing at least 11 women between 2013 and 2021.

One of Cuomo’s former top assistants, Melissa DeRosa, was also named in the lawsuit. According to Cuomo’s petition, she also applied for the state to cover her private legal fees, and her application was accepted. Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants taxpayers to pay for his private legal defense in a sexual harassment case

Laura Coffey

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