Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo was on Thursday charged with a misdemeanor sex crime for forcible touching, a court spokesperson said.
The charge is the first to be filed since the once-powerful politician was forced to resign this year following a slew of sexual harassment allegations.
“A misdemeanor complaint against former governor Andrew Cuomo has been filed in Albany City Court,” said Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the New York state courts, describing it as a “sex crime.”
The complaint accuses Cuomo of putting his hand down the victim’s blouse and grabbing her left breast in December 2020.
Albany city court issued a summons ordering Cuomo, 63, to appear in court on November 17, 2021 at 2:30 pm (1830 GMT), according to a statement.
“From the moment my office received the referral to investigate allegations that former governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, we proceeded without fear or favor,” James said in a statement.
She added “The criminal charges brought today against Mr Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report,”.
Cuomo has strenuously denied the charges and claims he was the victim of a political vendetta.