Former NY governor Cuomo faces misdemeanour complaint related to sex crime - court spokesman

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A criminal complaint charging former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with a misdemeanour sex offense has been filed in a court in Albany, the state's capital, a spokesman for the New York state courts said on Thursday.

"As this is a sex crime, a redacted complaint will be available shortly," the spokesman, Lucian Chalfen, said in an emailed statement.

Representatives for Cuomo were not immediately available for comment.

The New York Post said Cuomo was expected to be arrested next week and charged with a misdemeanour in the alleged groping of a former aide.

It said the anticipated charge resulted from a probe by Albany County District Attorney David Soares, citing a source briefed on the matter.

Soares' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Cuomo resigned as governor in August after 10-1/2 years in office, following a probe that found he had sexually harassed 11 women.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said a five-month independent investigation concluded that Cuomo had engaged in conduct that violated federal and state laws.

The former governor has long denied wrongdoing, though he has said he accepted "full responsibility" for what he called ill-conceived attempts to be affectionate or humorous.

Cuomo's resignation capped a months-long downfall, derailing the political career of a man once considered a possible U.S. presidential contender, and whose daily briefings early in the Covid-19 pandemic raised his national profile.


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