Four women who've accused Cuomo of sexual harassment have been issued subpoenas by New York attorney general
- Four women who said Gov.
Andrew Cuomosexually harassed them have received subpoenas.
- The subpoenas represent the next step in the investigation into the claims led by the attorney general's office.
- Since December, several women have come forward against Cuomo, who's repeatedly denied all allegations.
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James' investigation began in March in response to pressure from lawmakers demanding that Cuomo resign, which the governor has repeatedly vowed he would not do.
Third-party investigators brought on by James to complete the probe have not yet said when they plan to release the results to the public. The Times, speaking to a person familiar with the investigation, reported that the investigation is expected to be finished by the end of this summer.
Since December, Cuomo has been hit one after the other with several sexual harassment accusations.
The first was from a former aide, who said she had been sexually harassed by the governor "for years." At the time, Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the governor between 2015 and 2018, did not divulge specific information about the circumstances and declined to speak to journalists.
But months later, Boylan broke her silence in a Medium post, saying Cuomo had touched her inappropriately and kissed her without her consent.
Cuomo's office has repeatedly denied her claims. "As we said before, Ms. Boylan's claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false," Cuomo's press secretary Caitlin Girouard said in a statement.
Since Boylan's accusations surfaced, at least 10 other women have come forward with similar allegations of their own against the governor. Cuomo has also denied all the allegations from the women who've come forward.
Earlier this week, Cuomo once again responded to allegations of sexual harassment at a press briefing, during which he offered his own definition of sexual harassment.
"Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable," the governor said, speaking to a reporter who asked about workplace harassment. "That is not harassment. If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. That is you feeling uncomfortable."
The independent investigators hired to conduct the probe are "authorized to utilize any of its resources as it deems appropriate," documents obtained by the New York Daily News said.
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