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Andrew Cuomo suing AG James over legal fees

Aug 12, 2022 12:45 am

Brendan J. Lyons is reporting for the Times Union that former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Aug. 10, filed a lawsuit against state Attorney General Letitia James accusing her office of wrongly rejecting his request that the state pay for his legal representation in the federal claim filed by a State Police investigator accusing him of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching her. The female trooper also named the State Police and former Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa as defendants in the case. DeRosa's legal fees are being paid by the state. In the complaint filed in the state Supreme Court in New York County, Cuomo alleged James' office on April 12 rejected his request for counsel in defense of the federal lawsuit without providing a reason. Delaney Kempner, a spokesperson for the attorney general's office, released a statement stating, that Cuomo "is trying to force New Yorkers to pay his legal bills because he believes sexual harassment was within his 'scope of employment as governor. Sexually harassing young women who work for you is not part of anyone’s job description. Taxpayers should not have to pony up for legal bills that could reach millions of dollars so Mr. Cuomo’s lawyer can attack survivors of his abuse." The matter, filed on Cuomo's behalf by attorney, Rita Glavin, includes a detailed breakdown of their allegations that the AG's investigation of sexual harassment claims against the former governor was "one-sided" and "shoddy and biased." The trooper's lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and was filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, lists allegations against Cuomo and his administration that largely mirror those outlined in a damning report issued by the state attorney general’s office one year ago. That report concluded the former governor was a serial sexual harasser who cultivated a toxic work environment. The trooper's accusations were among the most damaging leveled against the former governor, who had urged a senior investigator on his protective detail to offer the now-31-year-old female investigator a job on the special unit that protects the governor, according to the Attorney General’s report. Read the full story in the Times Union.