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Andrew Cuomo labelled a ‘sick, pathetic man’ by New York attorney general

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Show caption ‘Even though multiple independent investigations found his victims to be credible, [Andrew] Cuomo continues to blame everyone but himself,’ Letitia James said. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP Andrew Cuomo Andrew Cuomo labelled a ‘sick, pathetic man’ by New York attorney general Letitia James launches attack after former governor, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, decries cancel culture Associated Press in New York Mon 7 Mar 2022 13.33 GMT Share on Facebook

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Andrew Cuomo, who resigned as governor of New York last year over sexual harassment allegations, is a “sick, pathetic man”, the state attorney general said on Sunday in a stinging rebuke.

Cuomo had spoken at a Brooklyn church, complaining about cancel culture and the accusations against him and also appearing to hint at a political comeback.

Letitia James, whose investigations were part of the three-term governor’s downfall last August after she concluded he sexually harassed 11 women, said: “Serial sexual harasser Andrew Cuomo won’t even spare a house of worship from his lies.

“Even though multiple independent investigations found his victims to be credible, Cuomo continues to blame everyone but himself.”

The attorney general also said New Yorkers were “ready to move forward from this sick, pathetic man”.

Cuomo’s first public appearance since leaving office came a week after his campaign launched a digital and TV ad campaign pushing the message that he was driven from office unfairly.

In Brooklyn, Cuomo quoted the Bible as he described his problems but also attacked “political sharks” in Albany, the state capital, who he said “smelled blood”.

“The actions against me were prosecutorial misconduct,” Cuomo said. “They used cancel culture to effectively overturn an election.”

Cuomo resigned days after being found to have sexually harassed women. It was also found that he and aides worked to retaliate against one accuser.

Several district attorneys in New York have said they found Cuomo’s accusers “credible” but available evidence was not strong enough to press criminal charges.

Last month, a New York state trooper sued Cuomo, claiming he caused severe mental anguish and emotional distress by touching her inappropriately and making suggestive comments. A Cuomo spokesperson called the suit a “cheap cash extortion”.

On Sunday, Cuomo said his behavior was not appropriate but did not violate the law.

“I didn’t appreciate how fast the perspectives changed,” he said. “I’ve learned a powerful lesson and paid a very high price for learning that lesson. God isn’t finished with me yet.”

Cuomo has not said he is running for office but he is still sitting on a multimillion-dollar campaign war chest he could use to finance another run. He used his speech on Sunday to condemn a social media-fueled climate he said was dangerous.

“Any accusation can trigger condemnation without facts or due process,” he said. “We are a nation of laws, not a nation of tweets. Woe unto us if we allow that to become our new justice system.”

Cuomo also said: “The Bible teaches perseverance, it teaches us to get off the mat. They broke my heart but they didn’t break my spirit. I want to take the energy that could have made me bitter and make us better.”