New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been reported to police over an allegation he groped a woman at his home.
The referral was made by Beth Garvey, a lawyer for Cuomo, as the woman involved in the incident declined to press charges herself.
Ms Garvey said that as a matter of state policy, the woman who made the allegations was told she should contact her local police department.
“In this case, the person is represented by counsel and when counsel confirmed the client did not want to make a report, the state notified the police department and gave them the attorney’s information,” Ms Garvey said.
She said the state was obligated to do so under state law.
An unidentified female aide was summoned to the governor’s executive mansion in Albany last year to help Cuomo with his phone, The Times Union of Albany reports.
She was alone with Cuomo when he allegedly closed the door, reached under her shirt and fondled her.
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Cuomo has denied the “gut-wrenching” allegations.
Officers had reached out to a representative for the woman and offered their services, an Albany Police Department spokesperson told The New York Times.
Many state legislators have demanded Cuomo’s resignation – including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who said the case was “disgusting to me” and Cuomo “just can’t serve as governor anymore”.
Cuomo has faced multiple allegations that he made his workplace an uncomfortable place for young women with sexually suggestive remarks and behaviour, including unwanted touching.
Nineteen senators and 40 assembly members said in a letter that it was time for Cuomo to resign.
“In light of the governor’s admission of inappropriate behaviour and the findings of altered data on nursing home COVID-19 deaths he has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need,” the letter said.
Cuomo has repeatedly said he won’t resign and urged the public to await the outcome of an investigation of his conduct.
Cuomo’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.
While Cuomo has denied inappropriately touching anyone, he has apologised for comments he made to female staffers that were seen by them as flirtations.