A legal summons filed just before the deadline for the Adult Survivors Act indicates that disgraced former governor Andrew Cuomo is now being sued for sexual assault by his former executive assistant Brittany Commisso.
According to Commisso, she was the executive assistant in the Executive Chamber between 2019 and August 2021. During that time, her former supervisor allegedly subjected her to sexual harassment.
Prior to that, Commisso, a divorced mother of one who joined the then-governor’s campaign in 2017, levied a misdemeanor criminal complaint against Cuomo, 65, on the grounds that he groped her inside the Executive Mansion.
On December 7, 2020, the day she declined Cuomo’s attempt “to engage in sexual acts,” she allegedly initiated a campaign of retaliation against her, according to the summons filed in Albany Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Commisso was “granted minimal or no work,” was denied overtime compensation, and was socially excluded from her colleagues. And her career prospects suffered, according to the documents.
According to court documents, the state and Cuomo’s special counsel Judith Mogul are also charged with aiding and abetting Commisso’s demotion and maltreatment.
Commisso filed the summons the day before the deadline for filing under the New York Adult Survivors Act, which was at the end of Thanksgiving day.
By suspending the statute of limitations for one year, the window enabled abuse victims to initiate legal proceedings irrespective of the age of their claims.