Dec 28, 2021 - Politics & Policy

DA: Cuomo won't face charges for allegations of unwanted kissing

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Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a press briefing. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won't face criminal charges for two separate allegations of unwanted kissing, a county district attorney said Tuesday.

Driving the news: Though Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah's office found evidence to back up the accusations, Rocah will not pursue charges due to New York law's statutory requirements.

What they're saying: "[A]lthough the allegations and witnesses were credible, and the conduct concerning, we cannot pursue criminal charges," Rocah said in a statement.

  • "This conclusion is unrelated to any possible civil liability which is beyond the scope of a District Attorney’s jurisdiction, which focuses solely on criminal laws," she added.
  • "We continue to recognize the bravery of the women and witnesses who have cooperated with law enforcement and we remain committed to supporting them and all survivors."
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