New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, resigned after the governor’s sexual harassment case was verified in court.
DeRosa was mentioned 187 times throughout the 168-page investigation into Cuomo. While working at the top of his office, she has been regarded as an “enabler” by dismissing allegations from women while working as his right-hand man.
In the Attorney General’s report, DeRosa is described by Cuomo as one of his “mean girls,” one of the assaulted women described her experience after being groped by Cumo and having nowhere to turn. The report quotes the victim as Executive Assistant #1, “[If] Melissa [DeRosa] heard that, I was going to lose my job. Because I knew that I certainly was going to be the one to go.”
In a statement, DeRosa wrote, “New Yorkers’ resilience, strength, and optimism through the most difficult times has inspired me everyday. Personally, the past 2 years have been emotionally and mentally trying. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of our state.”
Despite NY Attorney General Letitia James confirming the allegations after a four-month investigation, Cuomo continues to deny his acts. President Biden, NY state lawmakers, and Cuomo’s constituents all call for his resignation.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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