ALBANY — Former governor Andrew Cuomo thinks New York taxpayers should be on the hook for their legal bills.
one year after the announcement his resignation Amid allegations of sexual assault, the disgraced Democrat filed suit against Attorney General Letitia James for failing to provide legal representation after one of her accusers took her to court.
Cuomo’s attorney argued in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Manhattan Supreme Court that James’ office unfairly rejected a pre-government request for attorney after a state soldier accused him of misconduct.
Lawyer Rita Glavin alleges that the denial was “arbitrary, arbitrary, contrary to the plain text of the statute, biased, personal and politically conflicting” as well as a dereliction of duty on the part of James.
The Unknown Soldier, who accused Cuomo of acting inappropriately and making suggestive remarks after being hired for his protective detail, filed a civil suit in February in Brooklyn federal court against the former governor and two of his top aides.
In March, Cuomo requested the state to provide him with representation or pay for private attorneys regarding the lawsuit, according to court documents.
However, James’ office determined that the state was not responsible for covering any associated legal costs of the ex-poll.
Cuomo resigned as governor of the Empire State last summer Harmful report from James’s office Details of sexual harassment allegations leveled by the jawan and about a dozen other women, mostly youth employees, are given.
Since then, the Queens native has maintained his innocence, attempted to discredit his accusers and repeatedly called reports from James’ office politically motivated.
Court documents filed Wednesday argue that Cuomo is entitled to state-paid representation because the alleged act was “while he was acting within the scope of his public employment and duties.”
In his suit and James’ report, the soldier describes creepy encounters with Cuomo in which he alleges that he once ran his hand on her stomach and often followed her to fast-track his transfer in his security detail. Made some bubbly comments.
A representative for the attorney general’s office argued that Cuomo is “trying to coerce the people of New York to pay their legal bills because he believes sexual harassment is due to his ’employment as governor’. was within its ‘scope.”
“Sexual harassment of young women who work for you is not part of anyone’s job description,” said James’ spokeswoman, Delaney Kemper. “Taxpayers should not pony up for legal bills that can reach millions of dollars so that Mr. Cuomo’s lawyers can attack survivors of his abuse.”
Meanwhile, Glavin accused him of denying a lawyer’s request based on “his political ambitions” and “an apparent personal dislike of Governor Cuomo,” according to the court filing.
She also reiterates several complaints made in the last one year, preparing attorney general for his “long-standing refusal to provide Governor Cuomo with all the evidence contained in the report for careful investigation” and “refusal to correct, amend, or supplement the report despite being aware of its material omissions and errors.” done.”
In a statement, Glavin railed against James and recast the report that prompted Cuomo’s resignation as a miscarriage of justice.
“Governor Cuomo did not sexually assault anyone. The AG wants to use its political hit job ‘report’ to fuel its ambitions,” she said. “The petition, filed by Governor Cuomo yesterday, is about enforcing the law and ensuring fairness and transparency – so Something the AG has repeatedly denied.”
After a month-long investigation by independent investigators, James’ report concluded that Cuomo sexually assaulted multiple women and violated state and federal laws.
prosecutors from across the state refused to bring criminal charges against the 64-year-old, citing insufficient evidence, even though Cuomo’s accusers were found to be credible.
Soldier’s lawsuit seeks damages for “severe mental anguish and emotional distress” and a declaratory ruling that Cuomo and state police violated federal, state and city laws except for harassment.
The suit also lists Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa and state police as defendants for their alleged involvement in the cover-up, even though the soldier admitted to limited contact with the governor’s second-in-command. Are.
Cuomo’s senior adviser Richard Ezopardi was added to the suit after issuing a statement accusing Trooper’s law firm, Vigdor Law LLP, of “using the press to take out settlements.”
Despite denying Cuomo’s request, James’ office determined in March that DeRosa, who served as secretary to the governor, “was entitled to be represented by personal counsel.”