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Andrew Cuomo Apologizes, But Won’t Resign Over Sexual Harassment Complaints

Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment three times since December, but the New York governor says he’s not going anywhere.

In his first public comments since a third accusation, Cuomo on Wednesday indicated he was embarrassed for his actions and offered an apology.

“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” he said during an appearance at the State Capitol. “It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and frankly embarrassed by it and that’s not easy to say but that’s the truth.”

Cuomo added that he “never touched anyone inappropriately.” But even fellow Democrats are calling for him to step aside.

“I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable,” he said. “And I certainly never meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do.”

He added that he has “learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people. … I will be the better for this experience.”

The most recent allegation comes as Attorney General Letitia James said that the governor’s office gave her office permission to perform an independent investigation.

Two former Cuomo aides have also accused him of sexual harassment, including Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year old former health advisor to Cuomo.

Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former health adviser to Cuomo, told The New York Times that Cuomo sexually harassed her last summer.

Per Bennett, Cuomo said in June that he was open to dating women in their 20s, asking her if she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships, the New York Times reported. Cuomo is 63.

“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett said.

That news came during the same week that former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan detailed her alleged experiences with the governor in a post for the website Medium.

“Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected,” Boylan wrote. “His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. I wouldn’t doubt Cuomo isn’t resigning…I mean he won an emmy. He seems like the lack of self awareness and double down on an already bad situation type. It just means we will probably get some more metoo stories or other examples of his incompetence as a leader.

  2. He won’t resign. People will forget. Remember Virginia Governor Ralph Northam? The blackface yearbook photos? That was huge news for days with everyone calling on him to resign. He rode it out and everyone moved one. He’s still in office.

  3. l LOVE THIS!!!! KEEP FIGHTING ANDY!!! Make the Dems acknowledge LOUDLY that their big COVID hero is a slimeball. Hopefully that lady who accused Biden start jumping up and down again. Unfortunately Cuomo is going to escape the COVID nightmare that he created but if he digs in enough, maybe they release the hounds on him (DOJ – obstruction). Although I doubt they would do that as it would prove they are all idiots when it comes to Covid response and this was completely about ruining Trump.

  4. Covid Cuomo was China Joe’s “gold standard” in leadership last year, won an emmy, and wrote a book about how great he was. Fucking ridiculous. He said “I certainly never meant to offend anyone”. Of course he didn’t, the arrogant ass was hoping to rent a room and got turned down.

  5. Let’s not be distracted. COVID is the MAJOR issue that should impact him, NJ, MI, PA and CA. I am sure if he was a Republican he would already be convicted of murder and as a sexual predator. He is the sacrifice for Democrats since Tara Reade was dismissed.

  6. Dont forget the Democratic representative of Asian descent that he threatened and bullied on the phone. Im guessing he’s working back channels to drum up support from high ranking libs. Maybe reminding them of the skeletons they have in their closets. Or he’s working on a way out where he’ll be “taken care of$$$ ” so he doesn’t have to open those closet doors.

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