Cuomo denies claims of sexual harassment in state attorney general report, ignores calls to resign

BREAKING: NY Gov. Cuomo says he will not resign, denies sexual harassment allegations in NY AG report.

8/3/2021 8:35:00 PM

BREAKING: NY Gov. Cuomo says he will not resign, denies sexual harassment allegations in NY AG report.

'The facts are much different than what has been portrayed,' Cuomo said in a news conference responding to the investigation.

The facts “are much different” than those presented in the report, Cuomo said.In a lengthy prepared statement streamed online, in which he singled out one of his accusers by name in order to respond to her claims, Cuomo bluntly stated, “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

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He accused “others” of having fed “ugly stories to the press,” and said his attorney had prepared a public document that responds to all 11 of the women whose allegations were investigated by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office.Cuomo’s strongly worded denial marked continuation of a posture that has hardened in recent weeks, with the embattled governor doubling down on his claims that he hadn’t harassed anyone and that the investigation itself was political in nature.

Theinvestigation foundthat Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women current and former state employees — one of whom is a New York State trooper. It also found the governor and his team retaliated against a former employee for coming forward. The investigators detailed in graphic terms instances of harassment they say Cuomo perpetuated, including making sexual comments and grabbing women.

In his statement, Cuomo singled out by name one of the women who accused him of harassment, saying that theallegations made against him by former aide Charlotte Bennett— who has said she is a sexual assault survivor — was the “one complaint that bothered me most.”

"I was trying to make sure she working her way through it the best way she could," Cuomo said, saying that her lawyers"read into comments that I made" and that Bennett herself may have"heard things I just didn't say."

The statement attempted to deflect from the most serious charges by showing photos of Cuomo — and his parents — touching friends and wedding guests on the face, which he suggested was an ethnic Italian custom that runs in the family. He also changed the subject by talking about the success of his state in reducing Covid-19 cases.

Cuomo, a Democrat in his third term, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing since allegations against him were first made public earlier this year.Initially, in March, Cuomo acknowledged that he may have acted in ways that unintentionally made people feel uncomfortable and apologized. He also urged New Yorkers"to wait for the facts from the attorney general's report before forming an opinion.”

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In recent months, however, Cuomo has grown more combative, and said he hadn't harassed anybody. In addition, he and his office have taken on an increasingly critical and aggressive posture against the probe being led by James, a fellow Democrat.“Harassment is not making someone feel uncomfortable — that is not harassment. If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. That’s you feeling uncomfortable,” Cuomo said in May.

Cuomo’s team has also accused the investigation by James of being political.Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Cuomo, said last month that"the continued leaks are more evidence of the transparent political motivation of the attorney general’s review.”

A flood of Democratic lawmakers previously called for his resignation, including the vast majority of New York's congressional delegation, over 50 state legislators and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader. Read more: NBC News »

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In other news, water is wet…. Impeach So Dems are cool with this monster ? Why can't politicians just keep it in their pants? You can refute but you cannot deny allegations supported by witnesses. Explain yourself or resign. Sounds like a predator... it's over bro... pack your sh*t..... Pathetically hard-headed.

Oh 😬 Impeach him then.

NY AG probe finds Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women

Then you will be dragged from office.

Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, NY AG probe findsSooo... charges? So are there charges? And if he’s still in office in after this, nobody will be surprised. D is a passing grade.

New York Attorney General Accuses Cuomo of Breaking the LawNew York attorney general Letitia James accused Andrew Cuomo of sexually harassing multiple women and violating federal and state law, following her office's investigation into the governor I used to have a boss yell at me all day than call me drunk at night telling me her sob stories and how she appreciated me. I quit it’s that simple Investigators from James's office listed shocking details of their probe during a surprise press conference on Tuesday, such as Cuomo grabbing the breasts of a female assistant in his office and touching the stomach and back of a female state trooper How will Andrew deal with these charges? I assume he will try to minimize what happened, offer a pro forma apology, put pressure on the Party, and run for a fourth term.

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New York Gov. Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women, Investigation FindsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women during his time in office, created a hostile work environment and retaliated against at least one former employee, the state attorney general said. nydems you going to do anything about this or keep pretending not to see it A Democrat BadgeofHonor Everyone’s favorite is done DONE…they’re about to go HAM and try and throw the whole man away!

Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including employees, New York attorney general findsThe governor has denied touching anyone inappropriately, but has acknowledged that he may have acted in ways that made people feel uncomfortable. He should be removed from office immediately. Al franken Where is metoo?Cancel culture? The police?