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New York Governor Denies Allegations Of Multiple Sexual Harassment

New York governor Andrew Cuomo denied multiple allegations of sexual harassment Tuesday, saying he "never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances."


In this file photo New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on February 22, 2021. – Prominent Democratic politicians called on February 28, 2021 for an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against New York governor Andrew Cuomo after a second former aide accused him of misconduct. The latest allegations were made public on Saturday after 25-year-old former health advisor Charlotte Bennett told The New York Times the governor sexually harassed her in 2020. (Photo by Seth Wenig / POOL / AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 26, 2020 Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at Wall Street in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

 

New York governor Andrew Cuomo denied multiple allegations of sexual harassment Tuesday, saying he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

“That is just not who I am. And that’s not who I have ever been,” he said in a television address, adding that he had published a response to the accusations on his website.

Cuomo spoke after the release of an explosive report by the New York attorney general’s office that prompted immediate calls for his resignation.

He said he had a life-long habit of kissing and touching people as a gesture of warmth and friendship, often in public.

“You’ve seen me do it on TV through all my briefings and for 40 years before that,” he said.

“I try to put people at ease. I try to make them smile. I try to connect with them and I try to show my appreciation and my friendship.

“I now understand that there are generational, or cultural perspectives, that frankly, I hadn’t fully appreciated. And I have learned from this.”

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In this file photo New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a vaccination site in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on February 22, 2021. (Photo by Seth Wenig / POOL / AFP)

 

New York state’s attorney general Letitia James said Tuesday that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women as she announced the findings of an independent investigation into allegations against him.

AFP