Andrew Cuomo lawyer levels accusations of her own against alleged victim Lindsey Boylan

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The lawyer defending former Gov. Andrew Cuomo against a number of sexual harassment allegations leveled some accusations of her own Thursday.

Attorney Rita Glavin held a digital press convention the place she alleged that one of Cuomo’s accusers acquired “more than professional” with the state’s financial growth czar — and later used a particular, super-secret messaging app to threaten him.

Glavin stated proof just lately turned over to her by state Attorney General Letitia James revealed that Empire State Development CEO Howard Zemsky instructed investigators a few time in late 2017 when he and Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan, then his chief of employees, had been “more than professional.”

“I’ll leave it at that,” Glavin stated of Zemsky’s admission at her own digital press convention. Cuomo was not in attendance.

But Glavin later stated that “there had been some rumors and concerns about their relationship within ESD” sparked by workers “having witnessed some conduct that gave them concern.”

Then-ESD counsel Alphonso David “had them both in and questioned them, and they both denied having ever had some type of improper relationship,” Glavin stated.

But when Boylan and Zemsky had been questioned by James’ investigators, she stated, “my read of the testimony is that they’re not consistent with each other.”

Glavin additionally stated Boylan later used the Confide app — which sends encrypted textual content messages that self-destruct and might’t be captured in screenshots — to contact Zemsky after he and different officers disputed her allegation that Cuomo requested her to play strip poker throughout a flight on his official jet.

“I can’t wait to destroy your life, your [sic] s–t follower,” Boylan allegedly instructed Zemsky, in line with Glavin.

“And I presume Ms. Boylan is referring to herself and knowing something about Mr. Zemsky.”

After getting Boylan’s textual content, Zemsky “changed his story” however she was by no means questioned by James’ investigators about sending it or utilizing the app, Glavin stated throughout a virtually two-hour, digital information convention.

“The AG had evidence that Ms. Boylan was tampering with a witness, trying to get him to corroborate her and threatened to destroy his life if he didn’t,” she stated.

Boylan’s legal professional, Julie Gerchik, stated, “The former governor and his legal professional are persevering with their smear marketing campaign of Ms. Boylan to punish her for being the primary of a number of ladies to reveal the governor’s misconduct.

Continued Gerchik, “In addition to the Attorney General’s findings, the New York State Assembly hired one of New York’s top law firms to conduct an independent investigation and they concluded that there was ‘overwhelming support that the former Governor engaged in multiple instances of misconduct.’ The facts and two independent investigative reports speak for themselves.”

Glavin additionally accused James of ignoring a go well with against Hamilton College that she stated raised credibility questions on Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett, who Glavin stated was accused in court docket papers of falsely accusing a fellow scholar there of sexual misconduct.

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Cuomo’s legal professional Rita Glavin questioned the legitimacy of Attorney General James’ investigation.
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“We know now through discovery that the attorney general was well aware of this Hamilton College lawsuit and Ms. Bennett’s claim, which she withdrew,” Glavin stated.

“Why didn’t the AG ask Ms. Bennett about those allegations? Why didn’t she ask about the lawsuit?… There was evidence of falsity and she withdrew those allegations.”

Glavin alleged that the therapy of Boylan and Bennett was half of a plan by James to drive Cuomo from workplace by releasing the bombshell, Aug. 3 report that accused him of sexually harassing 11 ladies, together with 9 present or former state workers, then search to exchange him within the November election.

Bennett’s legal professional Debra Katz responded, “Rita Glavin knows that what she is pedaling to discredit Charlotte Bennett is baseless.  And she also knows that the conclusions reached by the AG and the NY State Assembly are unassailable. This is just the latest desperate act by the Governor.”

Cuomo introduced his resignation on Aug. 10 and James declared her candidacy for governor on Oct. 29, however she dropped out about six weeks later and stated she’d as an alternative search reelection as AG.

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo left workplace in August 2021 amid the sexual harassment scandal.
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Glavin, a former US Justice Department official, on Thursday all however accused James of skilled misconduct and steered that Cuomo would take authorized motion if she didn’t rent “truly independent investigators” and revise her report against him.

“I implore the attorney general to do the right thing,” Glavin stated.

But a James spokesperson dismissed Glavin’s remarks, saying in a ready assertion, ““Another day, another attempt by the former governor to attack the brave women who called out his abuse.”

“Thousands of pages of transcripts, exhibits, videos, and other evidence have already been publicly released, but these lies continue in an effort to mask the truth: Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women,” the assertion stated.

“There is a mountain of evidence to support these findings, which were corroborated by the Assembly’s report and deemed credible by multiple DAs. New Yorkers are tired of these excuses.”

Also throughout her marathon information convention — which at instances appeared extra just like the closing protection argument after a months-long trial — Glavin repeatedly attacked the information media for its protection of the allegations against Cuomo and accused lawmakers of dashing to judgment against him.

Brittany Commisso selfie with Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo was charged over allegedly groping Brittany Commisso. The cost was dropped final week.
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But Glavin by no means acknowledged that authorities leaders are held to increased requirements than personal residents, though she admitted at one level, “I’m not an elected official, I don’t have to run for reelection.”

James’ report prompted a minimum of 5 district attorneys throughout the state to open legal investigations into incidents that allegedly befell inside their jurisdictions.

But Cuomo has up to now escaped prosecution in three counties, regardless that officers there all described his accusers as “credible.”

The most critical case concerned former aide Brittany Commisso, 33, who alleged that Cuomo groped her inside Albany’s Executive Mansion on Dec. 7, 2020.

In October, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple filed a misdemeanor cost of forcible touching against Cuomo, but it surely was dismissed final week after Albany County DA David Soares concluded that “we cannot meet our burden at trial.”

DAs in Nassau and Westchester additionally stated the incidents that befell of their counties — which included the alleged undesirable kissing and touching of ladies, together with a feminine state trooper assigned to Cuomo’s protecting element — didn’t quantity to crimes beneath state legislation.

On Friday, CNN reported that former Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., shortly earlier than leaving workplace on Dec. 31, determined to not pursue a case against Cuomo over allegations he ran his finger down the trooper’s again and touched an unidentified girl’s buttocks whereas they had been posing for {a photograph}.

A spokesperson for brand new Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg declined to remark Thursday, however a supply accustomed to the matter confirmed Vance’s choice.

In addition to forcing Cuomo from workplace, the sexual harassment scandal led to final month’s firing of his youthful brother, Chris Cuomo, because the host of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” program after James launched data that exposed he contacted information trade “sources” about doubtlessly damaging experiences and tried to dig up grime on a minimum of one accuser.

While reviewing that materials, CNN was knowledgeable about an unrelated allegation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo throughout his earlier employment by ABC News and “saw no reason to delay taking immediate action,” the community stated on the time.

Chris Cuomo has stated by way of a spokesman that “these apparently anonymous allegations are not true.”

Additional reporting by Tamar Lapin

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