Andrew Cuomo is starting 2022 scot-free. The Albany County district attorney has dropped the criminal sexual assault charges against the disgraced former New York Governor.
The announcement was made on Tuesday.
“Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced today that a thorough and independent review of the investigation into the allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo has concluded,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
It appears they were unable to prove the accusations against Cuomo "beyond a reasonable doubt."
"While many have an opinion regarding the allegations against the former Governor, the Albany County DA’s Office is the only one who has a burden to prove the elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. 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,” David Soares said.
“As such we have notified the Court that we are declining to prosecute this matter and requesting the charges filed by the Albany County Sheriff be dismissed," he continued.
“I, like most New Yorkers, remain deeply troubled by allegations like the ones at issue here. Such conduct has no place in government or in any workplace. Although avenues for criminal prosecution in these cases are sometimes limited, I encourage victims of workplace harassment and abuse to continue to come forward and bring these issues to light so that these important discussions can continue,” Soares stated.
"The decision to discontinue criminal prosecution is unrelated to any possible civil liability, which is beyond the scope of a District Attorney’s jurisdiction.”
According to reports, Brittany Commisso — who worked as his assistant filed the complaint against him — met with the Albany DA on Monday and was told no charges would be brought forward.
Commisso publically accused Cuomo of "cupping" her breasts.
This isn't the only break Cuomo has received since stepping down from his role as governor after an investigation found he had sexually harassed 11 women, including former and current state employees.
Last week, the Westchester County district attorney dismissed charges against Cuomo despite finding the ladies' allegations "credible."