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Cuomo and Top Aide Sued by Trooper Over Sexual Harassment Accusations

Like Mr. Azzopardi, Paul Shechtman, a lawyer for Ms. DeRosa, was dismissive of the suit.

“We are only aware of this case from Twitter, but according to the trooper’s own testimony Melissa’s only interaction with her was to say ‘hello and goodbye,’” Mr. Shechtman said in the statement. “It is not a viable case anywhere in America and is beyond frivolous.”

The suit does not make specific allegations against the State Police, but accuses the agency, along with Mr. Cuomo and Ms. DeRosa, of discrimination and retaliation. A Wigdor firm spokesman said the agency was named as a defendant because it is the trooper’s employer.

A State Police spokesman declined to comment, citing a policy against doing so in active litigation.

The trooper repeats in her suit what she told the attorney general’s investigators: that the governor began to flirt with her shortly after they first met, that he spoke with senior members of his security staff about having her join the protective detail, and that she was soon given the coveted assignment.

Among other things, the suit says that at an event at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y., in September 2019, Mr. Cuomo ran the palm of his hand over her navel and slid it across her waist to her right hip, where her gun was holstered. The act, the suit says, made her feel “violated.”

A senior State Police investigator “fully corroborated” the female trooper’s account of the episode, according to the report that came out of the attorney general’s inquiry.

Mr. Cuomo has consistently attacked the investigation overseen by Ms. James as a politically motivated exercise by a fellow Democrat who had her own designs on the governor’s job. Ms. James announced a run for governor in October, but abandoned it a few weeks later. On Thursday, New York Democrats endorsed her bid for re-election this year.

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