Andrew Cuomo’s accuser says she worries “enabling factors” will destroy her

An aide who accused Andrew Cuomo of groping her said in her first TV interview that she was initially afraid to identify herself because she feared the New York governor’s “enabling factors” would destroy her if she spoke.

Brittany Comiso, an executive assistant to Mr. Cuomo’s staff, detailed her interactions with the Democrat in a joint interview with CBS and the Times Union of Albany that aired Monday, in which a key legislative committee said it would recommend whether Mr. Cuomo should be impeached at home. “Several weeks.”

Ms Commisso has spoken before, first in an anonymous interview with Times Union last winter, and then as one of 11 women who said they had been sexually harassed by Mr. Cuomo whose allegations were detailed in a report by the state attorney general’s office last week. .

She was also the first woman to file a criminal complaint against Cuomo, and submitted a report to the county sheriff on Thursday.

But until now, the public has not heard her tell her story.

“I was afraid that if I were to come forward and reveal my name, the governor and his assistants, I should call them, would attack me fiercely, and slander my name, as I have seen and heard them do before to the people,” said Mrs. Commisso (32).

She said she also wanted to protect her daughter, but now feels that speaking out shows her “she has a voice.”

“I would never want her to be afraid to speak,” said Mrs. Commisso.

“I would never want her to be afraid of anyone in power, man or woman.”

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The interview was broadcast as Mr. Cuomo faced another day under fire.

Dozens of Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have urged Mr. Cuomo to leave office.

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