Samuel Case, FISM News
Appearing on “CBS This Morning,” Brittany Commisso, who is one of 11 women accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, spoke publicly for the first time about her experience with the governor. During the interview Commisso, who is named as “Executive Assistant #1” in State Attorney General Letitia James’ report on Cuomo, accused the governor of unwanted touching, including groping.
“Then they started to be hugs with kisses on the cheek. And then there was at one point, a hug. And then when he went to go kiss me on the cheek, he quickly turned his head and he kissed me on the lips,” Commisso said.
According to Commisso the governor’s behavior didn’t stop with hugs and kisses:
I believe that he groped me. He touched me, not only once but twice and I don’t think that that had happened to any of the other women — the touching — and I believe … that was the most inappropriate of the actions that he’d done.
Commisso alleged the incident happened at the Governor’s Executive Mansion last year, but didn’t say anything at the time out of fear of Cuomo’s power as governor. “People don’t understand that this is the governor of the state of New York. There are troopers that are outside of the [Executive] Mansion …Those troopers that are there, they’re not there to protect me. They are there to protect him.”
WATCH: The aide who accused NY Gov. Cuomo of groping her is speaking publicly for the first time.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 9, 2021
Last Friday Commisso filed a criminal complaint with the Albany County sheriff’s department on the groping charge. The New York Assembly Judiciary Committee meets again Monday morning to decide whether of not go forward with impeachment articles. Cuomo maintains his innocence.
Meanwhile Cuomo’s secretary Melissa DeRosa, resigned from her position Sunday night. DeRosa was implicated in the AG investigation for covering up Cuomo’s harassment and retaliating against his accusers. In a statement DeRosa said, “I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of our state.”