Jan 19, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Cuomo sues New York AG in bid to attain witness statements from harassment probe

Then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a press briefing in New York on Aug. 2, 2021. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo filed a complaint against New York Attorney General Letitia James and her office on Thursday, requesting dozens of witness statements from the sexual harassment investigation into him.

Driving the news: Cuomo claimed in the lawsuit that James has refused to release the requested materials, which include about 180 witness statements, citing various privileges.

  • The suit states that Cuomo needs the materials to defend himself in two sexual harassment lawsuits "that stem directly" from James' investigation and subsequent report.

What they're saying: "The Report was a one-sided, deeply flawed ambush of Governor Cuomo, who denies having sexually harassed anyone," the suit alleges.

  • The complaint also says "the public has both a right and interest in knowing" about the work in the investigation and "the significant and impactful decisions in issuing the consequential Report" that led to his resignation.
  • The AG's office said it's not commenting on the investigation.

Of note: In July last year, a judge denied Cuomo's attempt to access documents, writing "they are protected by various privileges and because they enjoy sovereign immunity."

Catch up quick: Cuomo previously filed a state ethics complaint against James in 2022, accusing her of deliberately mishandling the investigation that found that he sexually harassed multiple former and current government employees.

  • He resigned from his post after the investigation.

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