New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated Wednesday he intends to stay in workplace within the face of sexual harassment allegations which have weakened his help and led to requires his resignation, even amongst some fellow Democrats.
The governor, talking in his first public look since three girls accused him of inappropriate touching and offensive remarks, apologized and stated that he “discovered an essential lesson” about his behaviour round girls.
“I now perceive that I acted in a approach that made people really feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo stated at a Wednesday press convention. “It was unintentional, and I actually and deeply apologize for it.”
Cuomo stated he will “absolutely co-operate” with the state lawyer basic’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations.
Attorney General Letitia James, additionally a Democrat, is within the course of of choosing an out of doors legislation agency to conduct an investigation into the allegations and produce a report that will be made publicly.
Asked about requires him to step apart, the third-term governor stated: “I wasn’t elected by politicians. I used to be elected by the people of the state of New York. I’m not going to resign.”
Cuomo addressed the allegations throughout a information convention that in any other case centered on the state’s response to the Corona Virus pandemic, the form of briefings that made him a day by day fixture on TV and a nationwide star amongst Democrats.
WATCH | Cuomo’s full assertion concerning the allegations of sexual harassment towards him:
Trying to be ‘playful’
Two of the ladies who accused Cuomo labored in his administration. The different was a visitor at a marriage that he officiated.
One former aide, Charlotte Bennett, 25, stated Cuomo quizzed her about her intercourse life and requested whether or not she could be open to a relationship with an older man. Bennett rejected Cuomo’s tried apology, wherein he stated he’d been making an attempt to be “playful” and that his jokes had been misinterpreted as flirting.
Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, stated Cuomo commented on her look inappropriately, kissed her with out her consent on the finish of a gathering and as soon as instructed they play strip poker whereas aboard his state-owned jet. Cuomo has denied Boylan’s allegations.
And one other lady, Anna Ruch, advised The New York Times that Cuomo put his palms on her face and requested if he may kiss her at a September 2019 wedding ceremony.
Refers to his behaviour as ‘gregarious’
Cuomo stated he inherited his gregarious approach of greeting people from his father, the late former Gov. Mario Cuomo, and that he meant it as a approach of welcoming people and making them really feel snug. He stated he realizes now, “it would not matter my intent. What issues is that if anyone was offended by it.”
Speaking concerning the allegations, Cuomo initially stated he was apologizing to “people” who have been uncomfortable along with his conduct, but he did not clarify as he continued which of the ladies he was referring to.
At one level, he stated he was apologizing to “the younger lady who labored right here who stated that I made her really feel uncomfortable within the office,” although that description may apply to each Boylan and Bennett.
Asked what he was saying to New Yorkers, Cuomo stated: “I’m embarrassed by what occurred … I’m embarrassed that somebody felt that approach in my administration. I’m embarrassed and harm, and I apologize that any individual who interacted with me felt that approach.”
“I did not know on the time I used to be making her really feel uncomfortable,” stated the governor, who has touted a legislation requiring all staff in New York to obtain sexual harassment coaching.
“I by no means meant to, but that does not matter. If an individual feels uncomfortable, if an individual feels ache, if an individual is offended, I really feel very badly about that, and I apologize for it. There’s no ‘but’; it is, ‘I’m sorry.'”