A New York judge has dismissed the sole criminal charge against former governor Andrew Cuomo in the sexual misconduct scandal that drove him from office in late 2021.
The groping charges were dropped on Friday at the request of the prosecution, who claimed it could not prove the allegations in court based on the parameters and limitations placed on them by “statutory elements.”
In a letter to the judge last week, prosecutors said, “While we found the complainant in this case cooperative and credible, after review of all the available evidence, we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial.”
The charge was based on allegations made by a former executive assistant to Cuomo during his time as governor, Brittany Commisso. Commisso alleges Cuomo slid his hand up her blouse in an office at the governor’s mansion and groped her breast. Cuomo has denied all allegations, but resigned late last year in the wake of these and other sexual misconduct allegations made against him.
Cuomo was seen for only two seconds during the virtual hearing and did not speak. The judge dismissed the case with a bang of her gavel and the hearing was adjourned. Cuomo has not publicly commented on the charges being dropped.