A New York state trooper who testified that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that Cuomo and his top aide “violated federal, state and civil laws” in an attempt to cover up the alleged harassment.
The woman, who is named Soldier 1 in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan, is seeking damages against Cuomo, his former assistant Melissa DeRosa, and the NYPD for “great mental anguish and emotional distress.”
The soldier claims that Cuomo tried to kiss her, turned conversations towards sex, asked her to help find him a girlfriend, and once asked, “Why aren’t you wearing a dress?”
The lawsuit also alleges that Cuomo’s top aide DeRosa covered up the governor’s behavior by making misleading statements to a reporter for The Albany Times Union.
When a reporter asked how the soldier was transferred to the governor’s security force, DeRosa “yelled at the editor of The Times Union and accused him of sexism even for doing an investigation,” the lawsuit says.
Cuomo resigned in August, days after an independent investigation found he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women and sought revenge on one of his accusers.
He denied intentionally mistreating any of the women, but said he would resign so as not to expose the state to months of unrest.
These accusers included an unnamed state soldier who was on his guard and said he allegedly subjected her to sexual remarks and sometimes ran his hand or fingers over her stomach and back.
“As with his other victims, the governor used his physical proximity to Soldier 1 to touch her in an inappropriate manner,” the lawsuit says.
“He commented on her appearance (“why don’t you wear a dress?); wanted to kiss her (“(c) will I kiss you?”); asked her to find him a girl who could “handle the pain”; and directed their conversations to sex (“(why) do you want to get married? … your sex drive is declining”), the costume said.
A New York state trooper who testified that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right) sexually harassed her filed a lawsuit Thursday and asked a federal court to declare that Cuomo and his top aide Melissa DeRosa (left) and state police violated her civil rights.
The complaint, filed Thursday, said Trooper 1, who was part of Cuomo’s security team in September 2019, accompanied the governor to Belmont Racecourse, where she said “she felt humiliated because the governor intentionally touched her private parts.” between her breasts and vagina. .’
As Soldier No. 1 walked in front of the governor to hold the door for him, he put his hand on her navel and ran his hand along her waist to her right thigh, where her pistol was holstered, ”the complaints say.
Soldier said that a few days later, Cuomo asked her about the status of her relationship, “clearly prompted by the now public knowledge that he broke up with his girlfriend,” and asked for Soldier’s announcement.
The complaint also alleges that, on another occasion, Cuomo ran “his finger down the center of my back of my spine, basically from the top of my neck, almost to the middle with my index finger, and just said, ‘Hey you.’
Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith said in a December statement that the investigation found the allegations against Cuomo to be “credible, deeply disturbing, but not criminal under New York law.”
Several district attorneys in New York said they considered Cuomo’s accusers “credible” but said there was not enough evidence available to bring criminal charges against him.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi criticized the soldier’s lawsuit on Thursday.
‘Gov. Cuomo will fight every attempt to extort cheap money and is committed to putting an end to dirty politics – we look forward to justice in court,” Azzopardi said.
DeRosa’s attorney, Paul Schectman, said his client, the governor’s top aide, only interacted with the soldier to say hello and goodbye.
“This is not a viable business anywhere in America and more than frivolous,” Schektman said.
A New York State Police spokesman did not comment Thursday.
Cuomo denied ever intending to touch anyone in an inappropriate way.
Sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo began to mount in early 2021.
He initially apologized for behavior with women that “could be insensitive or too personal” and said that some of his past remarks were “misinterpreted as unwanted flirting”.
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is followed by former executive secretary Melissa DeRosa as they prepare to board a helicopter following Cuomo’s August 2021 resignation announcement. Both Cuomo and DeRosa are being sued by a New York state trooper who claims he groped her.