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NEW YORK (WABC) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces another day under fire Monday as a key legislative committee meets to discuss possible impeachment proceedings and a woman who has accused him of groping her speaks in her first TV interview.

Brittany Commissio, previously identified as Executive Assistant #1, told CBS and the Times Union that Cuomo “hugs with the intention of getting some personal sexual satisfaction out of it.”

She said it was “not consensual” and “not normal.”

“Maybe to him, he thought this was normal,” Commissio said. “But to me, and the other women that he did this too, it was not normal. It was not welcomed. And it was certainly not consensual.”

“CBS This Morning” broadcast the first TV interview with Brittany Commisso, an executive assistant who accused Cuomo of groping her breast at the governor’s mansion in Albany.

It came just hours after the governor’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, announced she is resigning, saying the past two years had been “emotionally and mentally trying.”

We saw De Rosa almost daily last year at the Governor’s press conferences.

The question is, why she is stepping down now, as we hear from another of the governor’s accusers?

Last week, Commisso became the first woman to file a criminal complaint against Cuomo, giving a report to the county sheriff.

Cuomo has denied touching any women inappropriately and said the groping incident never happened.

Later Monday, the state Assembly’s judiciary committee planned to meet to discuss how to wrap up an ongoing investigation into whether there are grounds to impeach Cuomo.

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Scores of Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have urged him to leave office.

About two-thirds of state Assembly members have already said they favor an impeachment trial if he refuses to resign. Only a simple majority vote is needed to begin an impeachment trial.

The administration has been in crisis since last week, when a report made public by state Attorney General Letitia James concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.

Cuomo’s lawyers have attacked the attorney general’s investigation as biased in favor of his female accusers.

At least five district attorneys have asked for materials from the attorney general’s inquiry to see if any of the allegations could result in criminal charges. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Saturday that Cuomo could face misdemeanor charges if investigators substantiate Commisso’s complaint.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cuomo released a pre-recorded statement saying that he never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.

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