Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned this summer on charges of molesting women, will not be prosecuted for “ unwanted kissing. ''
This was stated by Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocca, Axios and CNN reported. Although the DA's office found evidence to support the allegations, Rocca, as required by New York City law, will not press charges.
& quot; Although the charges and witnesses are credible, and the appeal (Cuomo) It is worrying that we cannot bring criminal charges, ”the prosecutor said in a statement.
At the same time, this does not mean that Cuomo is exempt from any other responsibility, she added, noting that the district attorney's powers only concern criminal offenses.
“We continue to recognize the courage of women and witnesses. who cooperated with law enforcement agencies, and are ready to continue to support them and all the victims, '' said the prosecutor.
According to a statement from the district attorney's office, Westchester investigators focused on two statements from a police officer who served in Cuomo's security guard and from a woman who spoke to the ex-governor at one of the events. Both women claimed that Cuomo kissed them without consent.
The police officer said that while on duty, when she was guarding the governor at his home in Westchester County, he asked her if he could kiss her. >
She said “ of course '', fearing the consequences of rejection. The governor kissed her on the cheek, noting “ something like, 'Oh, I don't have to do this' or “If it’s not against the rules.”
A second woman told investigators that at an event at Westchester County High School, Cuomo took her hand, pulled her close, and kissed her cheek, “don’t asking permission for such a greeting. ” A federal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment is also underway.