Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was charged Thursday with a misdemeanor sex offense for forceful touching, a court spokesman said.
The charge is the first to come up since the once powerful politician was forced to resign earlier this year following a series of sexual harassment allegations.
“A misdemeanor complaint has been filed against former Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany City Court,” said Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the New York State courts, describing it as a “sex crime.”
The complaint accuses Cuomo of putting his hand up the victim’s blouse and grabbing her left breast in December 2020.
It was filed by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the State of New York.
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The Albany city court issued a subpoena ordering Cuomo, 63, to appear in court on November 17, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT), according to a statement.
He resigned in August after state attorney general Letitia James issued a report, which was not criminal in nature, concluding that he sexually harassed 11 women, including former employees.
“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 in a statement.
“The criminal charges filed today against Mr. Cuomo for tampering further validate the findings of our report,” he added.
Cuomo has vigorously denied the charges and claims he was the victim of a political vendetta.
He earned adoration across the country last year for his daily informational talks on the coronavirus before his spectacular fall from grace.
Forcible touching is a class A misdemeanor that can carry a sentence of up to one year in prison.