The New York state Assembly’s bombshell report on ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment has corroborated claims made by a 12th accuser — who said he forcibly kissed her while touring her flood-damaged home and then sent her signed photos of the visit.
Sherry Vill, 55, publicly accused Cuomo in March of “manhandling” her when he visited Greece, just outside Rochester, in 2017 after the area was ravaged by floods.
The legislative investigation released Monday lists the married mother of three for the first time as one of Cuomo’s accusers.
Vill was interviewed as part of the New York attorney general’s probe earlier this year, but her allegations were never detailed in Letitia James’ final report, which only listed 11 accusers.
According to the new legislative report, Cuomo grabbed Vill’s hand and kissed her on both cheeks without her consent when she was talking to the then-governor about the state of her flood-damaged home during the visit.
Vill said Cuomo told her she was beautiful as they were walking out of her home before later grabbing her hand and kissing her again without consent.
The mother said she “felt uncomfortable,” according to the report.
Following Cuomo’s visit, Vill said, she received a phone call from someone in the governor’s office inviting her to attend one of his future events.
She noted that none of her family or neighbors who had also met Cuomo during the flood tour received an invite.
“Ms. Vill also later received signed photos from the then-Governor’s visit; neither her family members nor her neighbors received photographs either,” the report said.
When Vill first came forward with her allegations in March, she described the encounter as “so strange and inappropriate” — adding that it still made her nervous because of his power.
“I am still afraid of him, but I am no longer willing to remain silent,” she said at a press conference at the time.
Cuomo resigned in August to avoid a likely impeachment trial in the wake of the AG probe that found he sexually harassed at least 11 women.
The Assembly investigators said they reviewed that sexual harassment investigation as part of their own probe, which ultimately found “overwhelming evidence” that Cuomo engaged in sexual harassment.
Cuomo has denied that he ever intended to touch anyone inappropriately and said he never meant to make anyone uncomfortable with sexual remarks.
He has demanded that Assembly investigators hand over the evidence they have against him, but Judiciary Committee members said Cuomo isn’t entitled to that evidence.