Former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not face any charges over alleged inappropriate conduct investigated by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, according to an announcement Tuesday.
The decision came after a “thorough” investigation into allegations made by two women against Cuomo. Both women accused the former governor of kissing them and without their consent.
“Our investigation found credible evidence to conclude that the alleged conduct in both instances described above did occur,” the announcement said.
“However, in both instances, my Office has determined that, although the allegations and witnesses were credible, and the conduct concerning, we cannot pursue criminal charges due to the statutory requirements of the criminal laws of New York,” it said.
The decision does not mean Cuomo could not face civil liability in the future, the announcement added. Cuomo resigned from office in August after a report from New York Attorney General Letitia James found that he had, in fact sexually harassed 11 women.
Cuomo was also slammed for his March 25 directive ordering New York nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients. A November report from the New York State Assembly found Cuomo had personally altered a July 2020 Department of Health report that undercounted nursing home deaths attributed to COVID-19.
Chis Cuomo, the former governor’s brother, was fired from his position at CNN in early December for the part he played in covering up his brother’s sexual assault case.
The former CNN host, before being fired, was already under suspension following the New York Attorney General’s office releasing transcripts that showed a “greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts” than CNN previously understood.