On Saturday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be questioned about allegations of sexual harassment. This development comes as the Attorney General’s office is moving towards the end of the investigation into the matter, which has damaged its reputation and is jeopardizing efforts to run for a fourth term next year.
The timing of the interview in Albany, the state capital, was confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday by two people aware of the case, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
The investigators’ meeting with Mr. Cuomo was something to be expected. He said at the beginning of the investigation in March that he “would fully cooperate”.
Saturday’s interview signals that investigators are nearing the end of their work. Investigators have also held questioning sessions with the governor’s accusers.
Mr Cuomo, a Democratic Party spokesman, has been accused by several women of inappropriate touching and insulting comments.
He initially apologized and said he had “learned an important lesson” about his treatment of women, but since then he has said he did nothing wrong and casts doubt on the accusers’ motives. some fellow Democrats, who have demanded his resignation. He has turned down calls to step down.
A spokesman for Mr Cuomo told the Associated Press on Thursday that he had no comment on the latest developments. The Office of the Attorney General declined to comment.
The questioning session that investigators will address Mr. Cuomo was first announced by The New York Times.
His former aide, Lindsey Boylan, has accused Mr Cuomo of harassment while she worked for him.
Another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, has said that once, Mr. Cuomo had asked her if she had ever had sex with older men. Ms Bennett’s lawyer, Debra Katz, said Ms Bennett had been chatting online (via Zoom) for more than four hours with investigators.
Investigations into allegations of sexual harassment by Mr Cuomo are being overseen by Attorney General Letitia James.