In February, the female state trooper over Cuomo’s security details sued the ex-governor, his former top aides Melissa DeRosa and Rich Azzopardi and the state police over allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo that were detailed in James’ report last year on his actions.
The complainant, known as Trooper 1, was among 11 women who James reported last August had been sexually harassed by the three-term Democratic governor; he resigned a week after James’ report.
Cuomo appears to have largely paid for his legal fees with the roughly $16 million from his campaign account since leaving office, but his attorney argues he shouldn’t be held responsible for defending himself against the allegations. made when he was governor.
Cuomo’s lawsuit also continues his longstanding claim that James’ report of his conduct was flawed and politically motivated, saying the report was “incomplete, biased, misleading and misleading.”
James’ office maintained that the state was not legally obligated to pay for Cuomo’s legal defense or represent him, and his office fought back at the lawsuit. She is seeking a second term in November after briefly running for governor, only to decide to run again for her current seat.
“Andrew Cuomo is trying to force New Yorkers to pay his legal fees because he believes sexual harassment was part of his ‘scope’ as governor,” James’ office said in a statement.
“Sexual harassment of young women who work for you is not part of anyone’s job description. Taxpayers should not have to pay legal fees that could run into millions of dollars so that Mr. Cuomo’s attorney can sue survivors of his abuse.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi hit the response from James’ office.
“The report was reviewed by five separate district attorneys and each of them declined to move forward on it — it was nothing more than a political document and carries no legal weight. Their political games continue,” he said in a statement.