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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an interview over the summer that he “would not be surprised” if someone he had worked with at one time sat in his lap.

“I don’t name anyone specifically. But, you know, I have people who have worked with me for 14 years, or 10 years,” Cuomo said, according to a newly released transcript of an interview with attorneys assigned by a New York attorney. General to investigate allegations of sexual harassment. “If someone were to sit on my lap, you know, I wouldn’t push them away.”

Cuomo resigned in August after a months-long investigation by state attorney general Leticia James found he had sexually harassed 11 women, including current and former government employees.

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The interview began just after 8 a.m. on July 17 at the governor’s office in Manhattan. The text of the 515-page book, released on Wednesday, portrays Cuomo as a predicament from the start, squabbling with lawyers John Kim and Ann Clark over their titles and reminding them of his powerful political career.

“I am the former attorney general,” Cuomo reportedly said in the 11-hour interview. “I am aware of the authority of the attorney general. I am aware of the authority of the special prosecutor, the authority of the independent investigator.”

Cuomo was governor of New York for 10 years and previously served as the state’s attorney general. Cuomo said that during all that time in government service, he only remembered receiving sexual harassment training in 2019.

“I don’t remember the years I spent or did not practice sexual harassment,” Cuomo said.

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Cuomo also told investigators he had come to believe that some of the accusations of sexual harassment were the work of political opponents who “participated in coordinating and echoing complaints against me.”

“That’s what you think now?” Kim asked. “That’s what I know now,” Cuomo replied.

The investigation included interviews with 165 witnesses, including several of Cuomo’s accusers, including former New York Chamber executive Brittany Commisso.

According to the transcript, Commisso claimed throughout her interview that Cuomo would hug and kiss her in a way that would make her feel uncomfortable and that he had made “inappropriate comments about her marital status.”

“His arms definitely got closer and closer to the point where I knew I could feel him pushing my body against him,” she claimed.

“I definitely noticed that when he kissed me on the cheek, I considered it okay, he’s dealing with friendliness,” she said. “Then obviously when he turns his head and puts me on my lips, he startled me. It obviously wasn’t normal.”

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When asked about Commisso’s allegations, he said they were “useless” because he believed his behavior was constantly under scrutiny, including by Kim when the attorney worked as the US attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“She investigated me for six years,” he told Kim, referring to corruption investigations conducted by federal prosecutors during Kim’s tenure. “I should lose my mind to do some – such a thing. It would be an act of madness to touch a woman’s breast and to make myself vulnerable to a woman for such an accusation.”

Cuomo casts Commisso as the “initiator” of any intimate behavior.

According to the transcript, Cuomo said, “She was very affectionate. I would say more than that that she was the initiator of the hug.” “She said she was Italian and that Italians are very affectionate people. But she was cuddling.”

A police officer on the Como security unit also said she felt “completely violated” during a standoff at the end of the 2019 groundbreaking ceremony for a new arena for New Yorkers in the NHL.

The officer told investigators that she opened the door when it was time for the governor to leave.

“And as he walked as we moved, as he walked to the door he was taking his left hand and basically like a thumb going down, I could feel the palm of his hand in the center of my stomach on my belly button and like pushing it back toward my right hip like where my gun is. So he’s going in a direction, his hand running Cross my stomach in the opposite direction,” according to the text.

“And I felt completely violated because, for me, it’s like that between my chest and my family, you know, if it’s a little bit north or a little bit south, it’s not good.”

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When Kim Cuomo asked about the alleged incident in the interview, the former governor said if he had touched it, “It was accidental, and I don’t remember doing it.”

Cuomo also denied asking her if he could kiss the soldier as she also claimed.

Kim asked her, “Do you remember that I once asked her on any occasion, Can I kiss you? Can I kiss you?”

“No, I don’t remember that,” Cuomo replied.

A Cuomo spokesperson called the investigation a “fraud” in a statement.

“These texts contain questionable redactions and raise more questions about key omissions made during this perverted process, which reeks of prosecutorial misconduct,” said prosecutors spokesman Rich Azopardi.

Assembly member Charles Lavigne, the committee’s chair, said in a statement sent to ABC News, that members of the assembly’s Judiciary Committee have been invited to Albany to review the report next week.

ABC News’ Luke Brugman, Celia Darrow and Soren Kim contributed to this report.

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