NEW YORK Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the multiple sexual harassment allegations made against him and revealed he had discussed the scandals with his three daughters.
Cuomo shares his daughters Michaela, Cara and Mariah with his ex-wife Kerry KennedyCredit: Instagram
Anna Ruch, 33, said she was ‘confused, shocked and embarrassed’ after he grabbed her face at a wedding and asked to kiss herCredit: @evanchill
He disclosed that he had spoken about the “spectrum of allegations” of inappropriate behavior made against him with his daughters – Michaela, 23, Mariah, 26, and Cara, 26.
The Governor shares the girls with his ex-wife Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, who he divorced in 2002.
“I told them what I told you, which is I never touched anyone inappropriately,” Cuomo said. “I never made any inappropriate advances, and nobody ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable or awkward.”
He claimed to be unaware of the damning report, that alleges he inappropriately touched a female member of the Executive Chamber staff at his mansion late last year.
Cuomo instead opted to double down on his previous responses, saying, “As I said last week, this is very simple: I never touched anyone inappropriately.
“As I said last week, I never made any inappropriate advances. As I said last week, no one ever told me at the time I made them feel uncomfortable.
“Obviously, there are people who’ve said after the fact they felt uncomfortable. No one told me that at the time.”
The New York Gov encouraged Americans to “respect” and wait for the outcome of the independent investigation into the allegations before condemning him, as there could then be “a discussion of facts.”
“Every woman has a right to come forward.
Cuomo revealed he had discussed the harassment allegations with his three daughtersCredit: Facebook / Governor Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo allegedly behaved inappropriately towards staffer Ana Liss and reportedly touched her lower back at an eventCredit: 13WHAM
Charlotte Bennet claims the Gov asked her if she had sex with older men and told her he was lonelyCredit: CBS
“I encourage that. Let the investigation get the facts, and we’ll take it from there.”
Governor Cuomo has continued to maintain his innocence and has repeatedly stated he has no intention of resigning from his position.
When asked by a reporter whether he was considering a fourth term amid the misconduct claims, he bit back with: “Today’s not a day for politics, I’m focusing on my job.”
Cuomo refused to answer the question about his future political plans, adding, “You don’t know any facts, you know allegations. Let’s operate on facts.”
He also discussed the latest covid figures on the 4pm conference call, while repeating the morning’s announcement that over 60s are now eligible to receive a vaccine.
A number of former aides and employees of the ‘Love Gov’ have come forward making accusations against him.
In addition to Liss, another woman opened up this weekend about her experience working with Cuomo over two decades ago.
A former press aide of Cuomo, 62-year-old Karen Hinton, has alleged the Governor summoned her to his “dimly-lit” hotel room and hugged her after a work event about 21 years ago, The Washington Post reported.
The Governor responded to the harassment claims earlier this week and admitted he was “embarrassed”.
During a remote mid-week briefing, he said: “I understand sensitivities have changed, behaviors have changed, and I’m going to learn from it.”
The girl’s grandfather is American politician, attorney and New York Senator Robert F. KennedyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
He told reporters he had told his children what he had told the public – that he ‘never touched anyone inappropriately’
Former aide Charlotte Bennett claims the office director completed Cuomo’s mandatory sexual harassment training instead of himselfCredit: CBS/ HANDOUT