Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Letitia James for failing to provide him with legal representation when he was taken to court over harassment allegations.
“Sexually harassing young women who work for you is not part of anyone’s job description,” a spokesperson for James told the New York Daily News on Thursday. “Taxpayers should not have to pony up for legal bills that could reach millions of dollars so Mr. Cuomo’s lawyer can attack survivors of his abuse.”
According to court documents filed Wednesday, Cuomo argues that he is entitled to representation at the state’s expense to defend a lawsuit against him because the allegations against him happened “while he was acting within the scope of his public employment and duties.” The former Democratic governor’s suit accuses James of wrongfully denying his request for counsel, arguing that the attorney general’s decision was “arbitrary, capricious, contrary to the plain text of the statute, biased, personally and politically conflicted.”
Cuomo faces a lawsuit filed from an unnamed New York state trooper who accused the former governor of touching inappropriately and making flirtatious comments after having her transferred to his security detail. The trooper is seeking damages for “severe mental anguish and emotional distress.”