The complaint alleges that Cuomo “did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim (redacted) and onto her intimate body part.” The complaint alleges Cuomo touched the victim’s left breast “for the purposes of degrading and gratifying his sexual desires.”
The complaint was signed by Amy Kowalski, an investigator with the Albany Sheriff’s Office, on Monday and was filed Thursday.
CNN has reached out to Cuomo’s attorney for comment, as well as Kowalski, the Albany sheriff’s department and the Albany district attorney.
The complaint states that the allegations are supported by documentation, including testimony found in the James report by an unnamed woman, as well as cell phone records, New York State Capitol entry “swipes” belonging to an unnamed person, New York State Police aviation records for December 7, 2020, and a text message from Cuomo’s phone.
In a statement Thursday, James described the charges against Cuomo as a vindication of her office’s report, which Cuomo has attempted to discredit.
“From the moment my office received the referral to investigate allegations that former Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, we proceeded without fear or favor,” James said. “The criminal charges brought today against Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report.”
Cuomo has sought to portray the attorney general’s probe, which was led by a pair of outside investigators, as politically motivated. In remarks announcing his resignation, Cuomo thanked the women who came forward with what he described as “sincere” complaints, but cast himself as the victim of changing social norms that he failed to understand.
“In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone. But I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” Cuomo said at the time. “There are generational and cultural shifts that I just didn’t fully appreciate. And I should have — no excuses.”
This story has been updated with additional developments Thursday.