An sudden twist within the sexual misconduct allegations towards former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo got here Friday, as one among his closest aides alleged a state trooper extorted her for cash — a declare the trooper’s lawyer blasted as “false.”
Former prime Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa took to Twitter Friday afternoon to go after a feminine state trooper who testified below oath she heard from one other trooper that the 63-year-old Cuomo and 39-year-old aide had been kissing like schoolkids on a public sidewalk, according to a report by the New York Post.
“I had heard from Senior Investigator #1 that once he witnessed the Governor and Senior Staffer #1 like making out on the sidewalk like they were high schoolers … again, he told me this. I didn’t witness this. I wasn’t even here at the time. But that’s what I had heard,” the trooper’s sworn testimony reads.
The trooper who testified is identical one among accused the then-governor of recruiting her into his safety element and working his hand throughout her abdomen.
DeRosa responded to the claims on Twitter, calling them “ludicrous.”
“As a young woman who has worked at the highest levels of government and politics, I’m used to other people making up and spreading rumors about me. However, it’s absolutely beyond the pale for this trooper, who by her own admission I barely knew — who has already attempted to extort me for money — to make these accusations based on false rumors and for them to be printed in a newspaper. Not only is this ludicrous, it’s hurtful, and potentially actionable,” DeRosa wrote.
She adopted up by detailing what she claimed had been makes an attempt to extort her for cash.
“Roughly 1 month ago, trooper #1’s lawyer emailed to say she would sue me if I didn’t pay her off privately — this despite the fact that she said we only ever said ‘hi’ and ‘goodbye’ I refused to pay her. Now, this,” DeRosa wrote in a follow-up tweet.
She additionally shared what appeared to be a part of the testimony transcript through which the trooper mentioned she “for the most part” solely exchanged greetings with DeRosa, together with a part of a letter from the trooper’s lawyer, Valdi Licul.
“As one of the Governor’s victims, Trooper 1 is prepared to initiate litigation to vindicate her rights, including bringing claims against Ms. DeRosa, who aided and abetted his unlawful conduct in violation of local laws. If your client would like to discuss a potential amicable resolution of this matter, please contact me on or before October 4, 2021,” the portion of the letter learn.
“Pretty straight forward — my client only ever said hello and goodbye to you, but you should pay her or be sued,” De Rosa added.
Licul blasted DeRosa’s accusatory tweets, saying in a press release that “the investigative report and our client’s testimony speak for themselves. It is unfortunate that Ms. DeRosa has chosen to retaliate against a victim of sexual harassment by falsely accusing her of extortion.”
Cuomo has denied below oath ever having an affair with any staffer and continues to deny any wrongdoing. The previous governor and his advisers have continued their efforts to discredit the report by New York Lawyer Basic Letitia James detailing the allegations of 11 girls who mentioned they had been harassed by Cuomo. A spokesman for Cuomo has known as the report a “hit job.”
James — who mentioned Thursday that it was previous time Cuomo come clear and personal up to his alleged wrongdoing — issued no remark Friday concerning the newly launched testimony.