The complaint was confirmed to CNN by an attorney representing the anonymous accuser and a second source with direct knowledge. Albany County Undersheriff William Rice confirmed to CNN that a criminal complaint was filed by an unnamed accuser Thursday, but he did not go into details about the complaint.
“Executive Assistant 1” told investigators that Cuomo grabbed her buttocks during hugs and a photo, according to the report. In testimony, Cuomo has denied inappropriately touching the woman.
Asked to respond to the complaint, Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Cuomo, would only say, “As we said previously, we proactively made a referral nearly four months ago in accordance with state policies.” It was unclear to what entity the referral was made.
CNN has reached out to the Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ office for more information.
CNN reported earlier this week that Soares’ office requested investigative materials from James’ office regarding the report on Cuomo.
Soares also said that his office is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation on the matter and that they will refrain from further public comment at this time.
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