Like Mr. Azzopardi, Paul Shechtman, Ms. DeRosa’s attorney, dismissed the lawsuit.
Mr Shechtman said in the statement: “We only learned of this case from Twitter, but according to the soldier’s own testimony, Melissa’s only interaction with her was to say ‘hello and goodbye’. “It’s not a viable case anywhere in the US and it’s not frivolous.”
The lawsuit does not make specific allegations against the State Police, but accuses the agency, along with Mr. Cuomo and Ms. DeRosa, of discrimination and retaliation. A Wigdor company spokesman said the agency was named as a defendant because it was the owner of soldiers.
A spokesman for the State Police declined to comment, citing a policy against doing so in active lawsuits.
The soldier repeated in her suit what she told the attorney general’s investigators: that the governor began flirting with her shortly after they first met, that he talked with senior members of her security staff about letting her participate in security detail, and she was soon given the coveted assignment.
Among other things, the suit said that at an event in Belmont Park, in Elmont, NY, in September 2019, Mr. Cuomo stroked his palm over her navel and slid it over her waist to her right hip, where her gun is. has been stored. The action, the suit said, made her feel “infringed”.
A senior State Police investigator has “completely corroborated” the female soldier’s account of the episode, according to reports obtained from the attorney general’s investigation.
Mr. Cuomo has repeatedly attacked the investigation overseen by Ms. James as a politically motivated execution by a Democrat who tailor-made the governor’s job. Ms. James announced her candidacy for governor in October, but abandoned it a few weeks later. On Thursday, New York Democrats endorse her bid for re-election this year.
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