A CHILLING photo of Andrew Cuomo smirking moments after he allegedly groped a staffer was revealed in a bombshell sexual harassment report.
The snapshot of the New York governor was taken after he allegedly groped an executive assistant at his home in Albany in December 2019.
The photo was released Tuesday as part of an official report into the various sexual harassment allegations made against Cuomo.
The staffer, identified only as “Executive Assistant #1,” told investigators that Cuomo had asked her to take selfies of the pair as they worked together at the Executive Mansion on the night in question, according to the New York Post.
The woman alleges that the governor “moved his hand to grab her butt cheek and began to rub it” for at least five seconds while she was trying to snap a photo.
The assistant claimed that she was shaking so much that the photos came out blurry and he suggested they sit down to snap one more.
REPORT FINDS CUOMO ‘SEXUALLY HARASSED MULTIPLE WOMEN’
On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that a months-long probe into Cuomo’s conduct found that the governor had grabbed an aide’s breast and harassed at least 11 women.
The investigation found that Cuomo, 63, “sexually harassed multiple women,” including members of his own staff, members of the public, and state employees.
After snapping the selfies with “Executive Assistant #1,” Cuomo allegedly told the woman to send the photos to another aide, Alyssa McGrath.
McGrath has also spoken out about sexual harassment in the governor’s office.
The woman reportedly said that she did not know why Cuomo wanted her to send the photos, but guessed that he “wanted to make [McGrath] jealous” or “wanted to see what her reaction was.”
The governor also told the woman not to show the snaps to anyone besides McGrath, according to her account.
“The way he was so firm with [me] that I couldn’t show anyone else that photo, I was just terrified that if I shared what was going on that it would somehow get around,” she told investigators.
Cuomo reportedly admitted in an interview with investigators that he and the staffer took a photo together, but he claimed it was her idea because “he does not like to take selfies.”
CUOMO CONTINUES DENIAL
Earlier on Tuesday, Cuomo hit back at the “ugly stories being fed” about him after the results of the sexual harassment investigation were revealed.
In a press conference on Tuesday, AG James said that the governor, “sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of both federal and state laws.
“The independent investigation found that governor Cuomo harassed multiple women, many of whom were young women, by engaging in unwanted groping, kisses, hugging, and by making inappropriate comments.”
James also accused the governor of cultivating a “toxic workplace,” leaving employees fearful of coming forward with complaints of misconduct, enabling “harassment to occur.”
More than half a dozen sexual harassment allegations were leveled against Cuomo earlier this year, with the claims ranging from instances of unwanted kisses, hugs, and groping, to inappropriate remarks of a sexual nature.
Cuomo, a Democrat darling at the onset of the pandemic, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Cuomo said that any discomfort caused was unintentional, adding: “I have never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate advances.”
“I’m 63-year-old and I’ve lived my entire life in public view,” he added. “That’s just not who I am and that’s not who I have ever been.”
Cuomo admitted that he does sometimes “slip” and embrace, hug, or kiss people he knows, and even strangers, but denied the acts were motivated by sex.
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