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Sexual assault charges against ex-New York governor dropped

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While judging credible the plaintiff’s testimony, Albany County District Attorney David Soares said in a statement Tuesday that he did not have enough evidence to establish Andrew Cuomo’s guilt in court beyond reasonable doubt.

The former governor was scheduled to appear for the first time in court in Albany, the state capital on Friday, but the prosecutor has indicated he is unwilling to pursue the charge and has asked the county sheriff to withdraw his complaint.

In this case, he was accused offorced touching on an employee, running her hand under her blouse to touch her chest, on December 7, 2020 at her official residence in Albany.

In a matter of weeks, he is the third prosecutor to drop similar charges against the former Democratic leader.

A vertiginous fall

Accused for several months by former employees, Andrew Cuomo, the 64-year-old governor resigned on August 11, a week after the publication of a damning investigation report listing the cases of 11 women harassed or sexually assaulted.

A dizzying fall for this descendant of Italian immigrants, who ruled the country’s fourth state (around 20 million inhabitants) since 2011 and was aiming for a fourth term in 2022. His father, Mario Cuomo, had led the state from 1983 to 1994.

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, when New York was the American epicenter in the spring of 2020, Andrew Cuomo had acquired national star status, with his daily press briefings.

His fall also led to that of his brother, Chris Cuomo, star reporter for CNN, dismissed at the end of November from the channel for having advised his elder in the storm of accusations of harassment and sexual assault.

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