A New York City State Assembly member on Saturday implicated Guv Andrew Cuomo’s legal group of minimizing unwanted sexual advances accusations and “activating” survivors of attack with their defense of the guv.
Cuomo’s individual attorney Rita Glavin and Paul Fishman of Arnold and Porter LLP set out their defense in a press conference Friday following the release of New york city Attorney General Of The United States Letitia James’ scathing 165- page report implicating the guv of sexually bugging 11 females and office bullying.
Yuh-Line Niou, an assembly member who is likewise a sexual attack survivor, responded to the defense in an interview on CNN Newsroom
” When the lawyers had actually appeared together, and were talking, they certainly were stating some things that I can inform you personally was really setting off,” she stated, describing Glavin’s attack on the accuser’s reliability.
Glavin tried to negate one accuser’s story by pointing out e-mails from the staffer about how she was consuming cheese and crackers at the Executive Estate. “She was joking while she existed. She was consuming treats and even used to remain longer when the work was done,” the legal representative stated.
Niou had compassion with the accuser, stating how she acted likewise after being sexually attacked by an instructor at age 13.
” When [Glavin] was speaking about how the support in fact was joking around, consuming crackers and cheese, I seemed like that claim that a survivor, after being breached, must act a specific method otherwise they weren’t expected to be thought, or they are not credible, is horrible and repellent,” she stated.
Cuomo has actually rejected any misdeed, firmly insisting that the report and claims were inspired by politics. “I never ever touched anybody wrongly or made unsuitable sexual advances,” he stated Tuesday in a taped defense. Federal and state Democratic leaders, consisting of President Joe Biden, have stated the guv must resign.
Niou stated a variety of sexual attack survivors connected to her online to share their stories after hearing Cuomo’s defense.
” A lot of individuals felt the exact same method that I did. Due to the fact that it was so considerable,” she stated. “That reaction was something that injured a lot of people due to the fact that they were essentially stating that if you were someone who had the ability to attempt to endure that– that was in some way incorrect.”
” Research studies have actually revealed this is how our brains work to assist us to make it through. A few of us go on to do the next thing, a few of us checked out a book, a few of us sleep, a few of us consume cheese and crackers. I believe that it’s all right and I desire individuals to understand that it’s alright,” Niou included.
The Democratic-controlled New York City State Assembly has actually released an impeachment examination over the report.
Newsweek connected to Guv Cuomo’s workplace for remark.