An attorney representing Gov. Andrew Cuomoâ€™s latest accuser said Tuesday she is in contact with the New York attorney generalâ€™s office regarding allegations of sexual misconduct, Fox News reported.
Gloria Allred, counsel for accuser Sherry Vill, said Attorney General Letitia Jamesâ€™ office requested an interview with her clientÂ over theÂ allegations after making initial contact, Fox NewsÂ reported. Vill hasÂ allegedÂ that Cuomo grabbed her by the face and kissed her cheek during a home visit inspect flood damage in 2017.
â€œAfter our press conference today, we plan to contact the New York Attorney Generalâ€™s office in order to inform them that Sherry is willing to cooperate in the investigation that is currently being conducted into numerous allegations of sexual harassment by the governor,â€ Allred said in aÂ press conferenceÂ Monday.Â
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Allred said Vill remained silent in order to protect herself and her family over fear of Cuomo retaliating in response to the allegations.
â€œFor years, she wanted to report what Governor Cuomo did to her, but some members of her family discouraged her from filing a complaint, because they wanted to protect her and feared that if she made what happened to her public that the governor might use his power to retaliate against her and her family,â€ Allred said at the press conference.
â€œI know the difference between an innocent gesture and a sexual one,â€ Vill saidÂ at the press conference. â€œI never felt as uncomfortable as I did the day Governor Cuomo came to my house. His actions were very overly sexual, highly inappropriate and disrespectful to me and my family.â€
Cuomoâ€™s attorney, Rita Glavin,Â defendedÂ her client in a statement Monday saying his gestures had good intent, Fox News reported.
â€œDuring times of crisis, theÂ GovernorÂ has frequently sought to comfort New Yorkers with hugs and kisses. As I have said before, the Governor has greeted both men and women with hugs, a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand for the past forty years,â€ Glavin said in the statement, according to Fox News.
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