Governor of US state of New York resigns over sexual abuse scandal

2021-08-11 11:56:08
Governor of US state of New York resigns over sexual abuse scandal

The Governor of the US state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, resigned on Tuesday following an inquiry that found he sexually harassed 11 women, capping a startling downfall for one of the most prominent politicians in the United States.

He was forced to resign after facing mounting legal pressures and demands for his departure from US President Joe Biden and other prominent Democrats.

Cuomo, 63, made the announcement a week after New York Attorney General Letitia James released the results of a five-month independent investigation that concluded he had engaged in conduct that violated US and state laws.

The investigation accused Cuomo and his aides of creating a "toxic" and "hostile" workplace in an office gripped by bullying, fear and intimidation.

The Democratic Party politician had served since 2011 as governor of the fourth most-populous US state, which includes the city of New York, America’s most populous city.

In a televised, 20-minute address, Cuomo said his resignation would take effect in 14 days, derailing a long political career that once appeared headed for a possible US presidential campaign.

Cuomo's resignation spared him from possible removal from office through impeachment proceedings in the New York state legislature, which appeared overwhelmingly likely as lawmakers abandoned him in droves.

Cuomo was elected to three four-year terms as governor, as was his late father, Mario Cuomo. He previously served as secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001 under then-President Bill Clinton.

Cuomo became the latest powerful man taken down in recent years following the rise of the #MeToo social movement against sexual abuse and harassment that has shaken politics, Hollywood, the business world and the workplace.

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