California sued gaming giant Activision Blizzard, alleging widespread harassment of female staff. A male supervisor delegated his work to a female employee so he could play Call of Duty, the suit said.

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California state has field a sex discrimination lawsuit against gaming company Activision Blizzard

  • California sued gaming giant Activision Blizzard on Tuesday, alleging a “frat boy” culture.
  • A state agency said female staff were constantly sexually harassed and paid less for their work.
  • Activision Blizzard said the suit included “distorted” and “false” claims.
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California’s fair employment agency filed a lawsuit against gaming giant Activision Blizzard on Tuesday, accusing the Call of Duty publisher of a “pervasive frat boy” in which female employees were routinely harassed.

In one alleged incident, a “newly promoted male supervisor delegated his responsibilities to his now female subordinates in favor of playing Call of Duty,” the filing said.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) sued Activision Blizzard and two subsidiaries – Activision Publishing and World of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment – after a two-year investigation into working conditions for female staff, Bloomberg Law first reported.

DFEH said in Tuesday’s filing to the Los Angeles Supreme Court that women at the company were discriminated against, subjected to “constant sexual harassment,” groped, paid less for “substantially similar work,” and retaliated against by company HR when they complained.

“Unsurprisingly, [the] Defendants’ ‘frat boy’ culture is a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women,” the lawsuit said.

A spokesperson for Activision Blizzard said in a statement that “the picture the DFEH paints is not the Blizzard workplace of today.”

“The DFEH includes distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past. We have been extremely cooperative with the DFEH throughout their investigation, including providing them with extensive data and ample documentation, but they refused to inform us what issues they perceived,” the statement said.

“We value diversity and strive to foster a workplace that offers inclusivity for everyone. There is no place in our company or industry, or any industry, for sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind,” the spokesperson said.

“We take every allegation seriously and investigate all claims. In cases related to misconduct, action was taken to address the issue.”

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The lawsuit detailed claims that some male workers engaged in “cube crawls” where they would “drink copious amounts of alcohol” and move between cubicles in the office, often behaving inappropriately towards their female coworkers.

Some male workers made sexual advances to female employees on the World of Warcraft team, and also made derogatory comments about rape, the lawsuit claimed.

The agency said in the filing that one female Activision Blizzard worker died by suicide during a business trip. A male coworker she had previously had a sexual relationship with was also on the trip, the suit said. Police found that the male supervisor had brought a butt plug and lubricant on the trip, DFEH said.

Another employee said the woman had suffered sexual harassment at work before her death, DFEH said.

It is not clear when the trip happened. An Activision Blizzard spokesperson said in a statement to Insider that the employee’s suicide had “no bearing whatsoever on this case.”

The lawsuit alleged that Activision Blizzard’s female workers – which it said makes up around 20% of its workforce – were also promoted more slowly, while women in executive roles earned “less salary, incentive pay, and total compensation than their male peers,” citing Activision Blizzard’s own records with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

DFEH said that it filed the suit on grounds of unequal pay, sex discrimination, unlawful sexual harassment, retaliation, and for failure to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The agency said it was suing in the public interest and for Activision Blizzard’s female employees.

The agency is seeking compensation and punitive damages, and unpaid and lost wages for female workers, among other demands, although did not specify how much.

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All the times Bill Gates reportedly engaged in questionable conduct before he and Melinda Gates announced their divorce

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Bill Gates on November 6, 2019, in New York City.

  • Bill Gates has engaged in inappropriate conduct at work on multiple occasions, according to news reports from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Several accusations have surfaced since Gates and Melinda French Gates announced their divorce on May 3.
  • Gates’ also had a deeper relationship with Jeffrey Epstein than previously known which, according to the news reports, was a point of contention between him and French Gates.
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Bill Gates’ public image as a nerdy do-gooder has crumbled amid recent allegations of misconduct

Bill Gates testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on market power in the software industry on March 3, 1998.
Bill Gates.

In 1998, Bill Gates, then the wealthiest person in America, appeared before Congress to testify about whether Microsoft, then the wealthiest company in America, about accusations it was abusing its market power. Industry observers believed Gates was overly arrogant during his testimony, and the government eventually reined in Microsoft’s power in a landmark antitrust lawsuit.

Since then, Gates has tried to shed his reputation as a cocky tech mogul, instead crafting a public image of a nerdy do-gooder, largely through his philanthropy.

But since Gates and his wife, Melinda French Gates, announced their plans to divorce, reports about his conduct toward female coworkers and his relationship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have chipped away at that image.

These allegations have come from a variety of sources and mention incidents dating back years before the divorce announcement, suggesting Gates’ private reputation has long diverged from the image he’s portrayed publicly.

Here are all the times Gates has been accused of questionable behavior.

1987: Bill Gates started dating Melinda French Gates while he was her boss at Microsoft.

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The soon-to-be ex-couple during a TED conference in 2014.

While he wasn’t her direct boss, Gates ran Microsoft when French Gates joined as a product manager in 1987 straight out of college, and he asked her out in a company parking lot, she said at a 2016 conference.

2000: Gates had an intimate relationship with a Microsoft employee while married to French Gates.

Bill Gates in 2000.
Gates in 2000.

In 2019, a female Microsoft employee told the company Gates initiated a sexual relationship with her in 2000 that lasted for years, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Microsoft’s board investigated the incident and wanted Gates to resign from the board, according to The Journal. Gates stepped down in March 2020 before the board completed its investigation.

A spokeswoman for Gates told The Journal his decision to step down “was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”

2006: Gates asked a female Microsoft employee out to dinner.

Bill Gates speaks at Microsoft's E3 Press Conference in Hollywood, California, in 2006.
Gates at Microsoft’s E3 press conference in Hollywood, California, in 2006.

The New York Times reported Gates asked a female Microsoft employee to dinner after attending a presentation she gave.

“If this makes you uncomfortable, pretend it never happened,” Gates wrote, according to The Times.

2007-08: Gates asked a Gates Foundation employee to dinner.

Gates, as chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,attends a global health conference put on by the United Nations on September 25, 2008 in New York.
Gates on September 25, 2008, in New York.

The New York Times reported that at a cocktail party on a work trip, Gates asked a woman who worked for him to dinner.

“I want to see you. Will you have dinner with me?” Gates said in a hushed voice, according to The Times.

Some employees told The Times they were disappointed in Gates but didn’t believe his behavior was predatory.

2011: Gates continued to spend time with Jeffrey Epstein years after his sex-crime conviction.

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The New York Times reported Gates met with Epstein at least three times beginning in 2011, despite French Gates’ objections. The meetings occurred three years after Epstein was convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor.

“Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated,” Bridgitt Arnold, a spokesperson for Gates, told The Times.

2017: At least two Gates Foundation employees kept in touch with Epstein.

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Jeffrey Epstein in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 8, 2004.

The New York Times reported at least two senior officials with the Gates Foundation remained in contact with Epstein until late 2017, years after accusations against Epstein had piled up.

2018: Gates botched an investigation into a sexual-harassment allegation against his longtime wealth manager.

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Michael Larson attends the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference on July 10, 2014, in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The New York Times reported French Gates wasn’t happy with how Gates handled a sexual-harassment allegation against his longtime wealth manager, Michael Larson, and pushed for an independent investigation after Gates tried to settle the case confidentially.

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Four women who’ve accused Cuomo of sexual harassment have been issued subpoenas by New York attorney general

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • Four women who said Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed them have received subpoenas.
  • The subpoenas represent the next step in the investigation into the claims led by the attorney general’s office.
  • Since December, several women have come forward against Cuomo, who’s repeatedly denied all allegations.
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Four women who’ve levied accusations of sexual harassment against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have received subpoenas, the New York Times reported.

Attorney General Letitia James’ office issued the subpoenas, marking the latest step and potentially opening another door in the office’s probe into the allegations.

James’ investigation began in March in response to pressure from lawmakers demanding that Cuomo resign, which the governor has repeatedly vowed he would not do.

Third-party investigators brought on by James to complete the probe have not yet said when they plan to release the results to the public. The Times, speaking to a person familiar with the investigation, reported that the investigation is expected to be finished by the end of this summer.

Since December, Cuomo has been hit one after the other with several sexual harassment accusations.

The first was from a former aide, who said she had been sexually harassed by the governor “for years.” At the time, Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the governor between 2015 and 2018, did not divulge specific information about the circumstances and declined to speak to journalists.

But months later, Boylan broke her silence in a Medium post, saying Cuomo had touched her inappropriately and kissed her without her consent.

Cuomo’s office has repeatedly denied her claims. “As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false,” Cuomo’s press secretary Caitlin Girouard said in a statement.

Since Boylan’s accusations surfaced, at least 10 other women have come forward with similar allegations of their own against the governor. Cuomo has also denied all the allegations from the women who’ve come forward.

Earlier this week, Cuomo once again responded to allegations of sexual harassment at a press briefing, during which he offered his own definition of sexual harassment.

“Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable,” the governor said, speaking to a reporter who asked about workplace harassment. “That is not harassment. If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. That is you feeling uncomfortable.”

The independent investigators hired to conduct the probe are “authorized to utilize any of its resources as it deems appropriate,” documents obtained by the New York Daily News said.

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The investigators looking into sexual harassment claims against Gov. Cuomo have wide, sweeping powers and are paid as much as $750 per hour

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • The investigators reviewing sexual harassment claims against Gov. Andrew Cuomo are being paid as much as $750 per hour.
  • Attorney General Letitia James hired the independent investigators after several women came forward with allegations Cuomo.
  • The Daily News reported that the investigators have wide, sweeping power to conduct the probe freely.
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The investigators leading the probe into the numerous sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are being paid as much as $750 an hour.

According to the New York Daily News, which obtained internal documents through FOIA requests, the investigators have wide, sweeping powers to conduct the investigation.

Attorney General Letitia James hired out the independent investigators after several women came forward with allegations that the governor made inappropriate and sexually harassing remarks or advances toward them.

Former Acting US Attorney for New York’s Southern District Joon Kim and employment discrimination attorney Anne Clark are in charge of spearheading the probe.

Their offices are “authorized to utilize any of its resources as it deems appropriate to carry out” the investigation, the documents say, according to the Daily News.

Both firms have been retained for a period of at least six months, the Daily News reported. But James is able to extend the contracts as she deems necessary.

Their work comes at a hefty cost, documents obtained by the Daily News reveal. Top-level partners working on the investigation receive as much as $750 per hour. Even mid- and lower-level partners are raking in large sums of money to carry out the probe. Mid-level partners, for example, get $575 per hour, and junior-level partners $500. Senior associates will receive $450 per hour and junior associates $325, the Daily News reported.

The investigators will prepare and deliver weekly progress reports to First Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Levy. At the end of their investigation, they will produce a written report with all their findings and conclusions, the Daily News reported.

The investigation was prompted in part by state and federal lawmakers coming out in support of one.

Since December, Cuomo has faced several sexual harassment accusations. The first one was from a former aide who in December said she had been sexually harassed by the governor “for years.” At the time, Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the governor between 2015 and 2018, did not divulge specific information about the circumstances and declined to speak to journalists.

But in February, Boylan broke her silence in a Medium post, said Cuomo had touched her inappropriately and kissed her without her consent.

Cuomo’s office has repeatedly denied her claims. “As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false,” press secretary Caitlin Girouard said in a statement.

Since Boylan’s accusations surfaced, at least 10 other women have come forward with similar allegations of their own against the governor.

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A former Google engineer said she endured a year of harassment. She’s now vowing to ‘never love a job again.’

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Google’s logo seen at its Mountain View campus.

  • Ex-Google engineer Emi Nietfeld said she endured harassment and retaliation while working there.
  • In an op-ed for The New York Times, she said Google’s response led her to vow to “never love a job again.”
  • Multiple current and former Googlers have accused the company of discrimination.
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Workers have long coveted jobs in the tech industry because companies promise things like good pay, prestige, luxurious perks, and innovative cultures.

But Emi Nietfeld, a Google engineer from 2015 to 2019, wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times on Wednesday that she left her tech job because Google’s supposed reputation as a great place to work masked the reality that – just like other companies – it ultimately looks out for itself.

Nietfeld said in the op-ed that one her male managers sexually harassed for more than a year, calling her “beautiful,” “gorgeous,” and “my queen” – and that Google’s reputation made it that much harder to speak up.

“Saying anything about his behavior meant challenging the story we told ourselves about Google being so special,” Nietfeld wrote, adding: “Google was the Garden of Eden; I lived in fear of being cast out.”

Google did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

When she eventually filed a formal HR complaint, Nietfeld wrote: “Google went from being a great workplace to being any other company.”

Google ignored Nietfeld’s concerns about having to sit next to her harasser during and after its three-month-long investigation, even after concluding that he violated the company’s harassment policy, she said, while suggesting that Nietfeld seek counseling, work remotely, or take a leave of absence.

It’s not the first time Google has come under fire over similar cultural and equity issues.

Multiple former Google employees said that the company told them to take mental health leave when they experienced sexism and racism. Oher employees and shareholders have filed lawsuits accusing Google of gender pay bias, retaliation against whistleblowers, and mishandling major sexual harassment incidents involving top executives.

Nietfeld said Google didn’t appear to do much in the way of reprimanding her harasser, and after suffering through weeks of bad sleep and emotional distress at work, she took three months of paid leave. But Nietfeld said she returned only to face retaliation from another manager, get passed over for promotion, have her pay cut, and have Google make a “meager counteroffer” when two competing job offers came up.

“After I quit, I promised myself to never love a job again. Not in the way I loved Google. Not with the devotion businesses wish to inspire when they provide for employees’ most basic needs like food and health care and belonging. No publicly traded company is a family. I fell for the fantasy that it could be,” Nietfeld wrote.

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Why Andrew Cuomo probably isn’t leaving anytime soon

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo leaves Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine there.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to wait out the multiple scandals facing him.
  • He won’t rule out seeking a fourth term, which eluded his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
  • The governor is relying on strong support among Black voters and a $16.8 million campaign war chest.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found a way to stick around – at least for now – by buying himself time and sitting on a more than $16 million campaign war chest.

On March 17, the 13th anniversary of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s resignation, Cuomo was staring down the barrel of three simultaneous scandals, calls to resign from the Empire State’s two senators and most of its congressional delegation, an ongoing federal investigation into his handling of COVID-19 nursing home deaths, and the beginning of an all encompassing impeachment investigation.

Even as new allegations and more detailed accounts kept emerging, Cuomo refused to resign by blaming “cancel culture.”

Buying time

Unlike Spitzer, Cuomo let the negative press coverage and calls to step down drag out, maintaining a low profile by largely avoiding the press and on-camera appearances.

Yet five days later on Thursday, Cuomo was back on camera and laughing it up, flanked by a pair of former Mets and Yankees pitchers along with his daughter, Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, at a closed press COVID-19 briefing.

The governor’s office did not open a conference call for reporters to dial in and ask questions, and while Cuomo has avoided in-person press events for weeks – citing “COVID-19 protocols” – several of his recent events have been crowded with masked attendees.

All of these decisions at Cuomo’s discretion have bought him time, with his official position remaining that New York Attorney General Tish James’s investigation should proceed and that lawmakers calling for his ouster “who don’t know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are, in my opinion, reckless and dangerous.”

Impeachment remains a real possibility for Cuomo, with New York’s process closely resembling that of the US Congress.

However, a critical move by New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie this week bought Cuomo even more time.

Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, announced Wednesday that the white shoe law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell will handle the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s impeachment investigation. Critics quickly raised concerns over connections between the firm and Cuomo’s orbit, with its head of litigation married to the chief judge Cuomo appointed to the New York Court of Appeals.

Cuomo accuser and former staffer Lindsey Boylan called the Assembly investigation a “sham,” while the lawyer for Cuomo’s second accuser, former staffer Charlotte Bennett, described it as an “unacceptable conflict of interest.”

By delaying any articles of impeachment being drawn up and given the looming budget deadline of April 1, Heastie gave Cuomo time to regroup and test the legislature’s willingness to impeach him weeks or months down the line.

16.8 million reasons why Cuomo isn’t ruling out running for a 4th term

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo receives a Covid-19 vaccine, at a church in the Harlem section of New York, on March 17, 2021.

Although Cuomo could have taken a lot of the heat off of him by promising not to run for reelection, he’s also refused to do that.

“Today is not a day for politics. I’m focused on my job,” Cuomo said on a recent conference call with reporters when asked if he would not run for a fourth term.

Crucially, Cuomo’s late father, Mario, was unable to secure a fourth term when he lost to George Pataki, a Republican who managed to win all but one county outside of New York City’s five boroughs.

During the height of his global popularity in the early stages of the pandemic, Cuomo got a fundraising boost and brought his cash on hand for 2022 up to $16.8 million.

Recent polling also bodes in Cuomo’s favor, with a majority of New Yorkers saying he should not step down and his approval remaining above 60% among Black voters, a crucial voting block for both the general election and any Democratic primary.

At the few televised events Cuomo has done over the past two weeks, he has been flanked by prominent members of the Black community in New York City and Long Island, from clergy leaders at the Javits Center’s mass vaccination site to former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia in the governor’s Midtown Manhattan office on Thursday.

With strong support among the most consequential voting block in his party and a huge cash advantage over any potential challengers, Cuomo is calling the legislature’s bluff on impeachment and holding out for a slug fest of a reelection campaign.

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At least two women who accused Cuomo of misbehavior said he summoned them to help navigate his iPhone

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • Andrew Cuomo would invite younger women on his staff to help with tech snafus, a new report says.
  • Two accusers were summoned over his iPhone’s Notes app, according to the Albany Times Union.
  • People who have worked with Cuomo told the outlet that younger women were also asked to perform “minimal clerical duties” like dictation.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo exhibited a pattern of asking younger women on his staff to assist him with minor tech issues, according to a new report from the Albany Times Union published Monday.

Jessica Westerman, the attorney for former Cuomo staffer Charlotte Bennett, told the Times Union that the governor called the 25-year-old into his office to help him navigate between his iPhone’s settings and Notes apps, which are normally clearly displayed on the device’s home screen.

This came a day after Cuomo reportedly quizzed Bennett on her sex life, including whether she would be open to sleeping with an older man.

Cuomo’s sixth accuser, a current staffer who is so far unnamed, was summoned to Cuomo’s private residence for a similar issue with his Notes app, according to a person briefed on her complaint who spoke with the Times Union on the condition of anonymity.

Senior Cuomo aides, however, told the Times Union that the governor is “notorious for his lack of technical proficiency – and that for years he has sought help from subordinates with his smartphones, computers and software.”

The governor had a penchant for hiring “attractive young women” who mostly performed “minimal clerical duties,” including dictation, and were “often given assignments that require one-on-one encounters with him,” according to several people who have worked with Cuomo and were interviewed for the Times Union story.

Accounts of Cuomo’s toxic workplace culture have grown as multiple scandals subsume his administration.

Women who worked for the governor have described feeling pressure to be well dressed whenever he was around, particularly by wearing high heels and makeup.

Cuomo continues to refuse to resign, despite most of New York’s congressional delegation, including its two senators, calling for him to step down.

A new poll released by Siena College on Monday showed Cuomo holding on to his base of support, with 61% approval among Black voters and half of those polled saying he should remain at his post. Just 35% of New Yorkers said he should resign.

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Pelosi stops short of urging Cuomo to resign, says he should ‘look inside his heart’ ‘to see if he can govern effectively’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is meeting with White House officials to hash out a deal on another coronavirus rescue package.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday did not join her Democratic colleagues in calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.
  • In recent weeks, women came forward with allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed them.
  • High-profile Democrats like Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have called on him to resign.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped short on Sunday of calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.

Meanwhile, her Democratic colleagues in both the House and the Senate have urged the governor to resign after multiple allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against him.

After former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan came forward in December with allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed her for years, other women began to speak up as well.

Several said Cuomo sexually assaulted or behaved inappropriately around them. Some said he touched them without consent, and others documented detailed accounts and patterns of verbal abuse.

Powerful Democratic lawmakers in New York such as Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand have called on him to resign.

Pelosi, however, when asked whether she believed Cuomo should resign, skirted the question.

Speaking on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Pelosi said she wants to see the results of the investigation into the claims of harassment. The claims against him “must be treated with respect,” she said.

“They are credible and serious charges,” she continued. “I have confidence in the attorney general of New York. She has called for an I think expeditious investigation.”

When asked whether she believed Cuomo could be an effective leader for the state of New York at this time, Pelosi avoided answering directly.

“I think we should see the results” of the investigation, she said. “Hopefully this result will be soon. And what I’m saying is the governor should look inside his heart. He loves New York.”

He should “see if he can govern effectively,” she added.

Cuomo’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Photo captures Cuomo wrapped in a blanket outside his home after a week of sexual misconduct allegations and calls for him to resign

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New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, walks on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion following allegations that he had sexually harassed young women, in Albany, New York, U.S., March 12, 2021.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has had an eventful week.
  • More women accused him of sexual misconduct and top New York lawmakers called on him to resign.
  • Cuomo was captured in a photo outside his home on Friday, wrapped in a blanket and holding a bottle.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was captured outside the governor’s mansion in Albany on Friday at the end of an eventful week.

The third-term governor was seen talking on his phone, wrapped in a blanket, and holding a bottled drink, which appears to be Saratoga sparkling water.

Cuomo’s office did not respond to Insider’s request for comment on what the governor was drinking.

Once hailed has a hero in the early stages of the pandemic, the Democrat has come under fire recently for a number of scandals, including allegations of sexual harassment.

Calls for him to resign over the allegations have escalated in recent weeks and were joined on Friday by top lawmakers, including New York’s two Democratic US senators.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a joint statement that Cuomo “should resign.” More than a dozen New York lawmakers have called for him to resign as of Friday, including progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Cuomo has apologized for his past behaviors, but has dismissed calls for him to resign.

Multiple women have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, or touching them without their consent. Two additional women came forward on Friday, while many more people have said Cuomo fostered a toxic work environment.

In the photos taken of Cuomo on Friday by Reuters, he could also be seen walking arm-in-arm with his daughter and beside his dog, Captain.

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Cuomo and his dog, Captain.

Cuomo is also facing criticism over his handling of COVID-19 nursing home deaths and bridge safety concerns.

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Current staffer reportedly files complaint about Gov. Andrew Cuomo inappropriately touching her

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under increasing pressure from fellow Democrats.

  • Another accuser has emerged in the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that Gov. Cuomo is facing.
  • The woman is a current staffer in the Executive Chamber, according to the Albany Times Union.
  • Staff reported the incident, which the governor’s office referred to NY’s Attorney General.
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An unnamed staffer is the sixth woman to accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, the Albany Times Union first reported on Tuesday.

The Times Union did not name the accuser because she could not be reached for comment, but they confirmed she is an employee of the Executive Chamber, which is sometimes referred to as the governor’s office but can also incorporate high-level staff at state agencies who report to Cuomo.

Other staffers reported the incident, which reportedly occurred in the governor’s mansion.

The incident allegedly took place late last year, and the woman recently told her supervisor that the governor “inappropriately touched her” in an internal complaint, according to the Times Union.

That complaint was then referred to the New York Attorney General Tish James’s office, where an investigation into Cuomo’s conduct is under way.

Cuomo’s office became aware of the allegation on Monday, according to an anonymous aide who spoke with the Times Union.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

“All allegations that we learn of directly or indirectly are going promptly to the investigators appointed by the attorney general,” Beth Garvey, who was recently promoted to acting counsel for the governor, told the Times Union.

Cuomo, a third term Democrat, has previously apologized for acting “in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” but he has also insisted that he “never touched anyone inappropriately.”

The governor has also refused to resign, calling it “anti-democratic” as members of his own party in the state legislature have called for him to step down.

Pressure on Cuomo to resign has continued to grow as more allegations emerge.

Of the five other accusers, three are former staffers.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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