Governor Andrew Cuomo’s personal attorney on Saturday maintained her assault on the credibility of some of his sexual harassment accusers but admitted that one reported case may be true.
“The governor may very well have touched the back of the state trooper,” Rita Glavin said during a Saturday night interview with Pamela Brown on CNN. “And maybe she understood it that way and he understood it differently.”
The unidentified soldier, a member of the governor’s protection squad, told investigators the incident happened when Cuomo was standing behind her in an elevator, running his finger along her back and saying to her, “Hey, you.”
She also said he ran his open hand over her stomach when he opened a door for him, according to a report released Tuesday by Attorney General Letitia James.
She told investigators that she felt “completely injured” in the latter incident.
Glavin admitted that Cuomo “touched the state trooper’s back very well”.Spencer Platt / Pool Photo via AP
Glavin said she does not believe the incidents as described in James’ report were criminal conduct.
Cuomo will address the soldier’s allegation “very, very soon,” personally, the lawyer said.
Glavin’s comments echoed what she said in a press conference on Friday, calling James’ report inaccurate, and denying the portrayal of some of the 11 women mentioned in the report.
Governor Cuomo has not resigned.
“I believe Lindsey Boylan is lying,” Glavin said of the former government employee who claims Cuomo made inappropriate comments about her and kissed her on the lips.
Another woman identified as “Executive Assistant 1” said Cuomo grabbed her chest under her blouse while she was at the Executive Mansion. She filed a criminal complaint against him on Thursday.
“He didn’t grope her,” said Glavin.
Glavin questioned Lindsey Boylan’s credibility. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File / AP
Glavin admitted that the governor “slips” sometimes. When asked what that meant, Glavin said he would call people “darling” and “darling” and ask about their private lives. She also called him a hugger, which in her opinion wasn’t always welcome.
“People feel uncomfortable,” she says. “You can’t hug and kiss everyone.”