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Cuomo Defense in Discrimination Suit to Be Paid by NY Taxpayers

Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo

Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

New York taxpayers must foot the bill for former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s legal defense in a civil suit filed by a onetime member of his security detail who accused him of sexual harassment, a judge ruled.

The decision Friday is a setback for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who in April declined Cuomo’s request to have the state cover his legal costs. Cuomo, who argued that the alleged harassment took place while he was a state employee, sued James in August to overcome her decision.