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"Day to day, he made me feel as if I were no good at my job and thus totally dependent on him to keep it. In Cuomo's world—and he would never admit this even to himself—working for him is like a 1950′s version of marriage," Hinton wrote in an op-ed.In an op-ed published in the New York Daily News, Hinton described Cuomo as a "bully" who exercised "total control," and made disparaging comments toward her.
At his first press conference since three women accused him of unwanted sexual advances, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck a defiant tone, insisting he didn’t know his alleged actions—grabbing a woman’s face, bringing up an aide’s sexual assault, giving an aide a kiss on the cheek—made people uncomfortable.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable. And if I did, I apologize for it. But let’s let the attorney general’s office decide the facts,” he said Wednesday.
Cuomo discussed the most recent allegation, from former Biden campaign worker Anna Ruch, who said that the governor had grabbed her face and asked to kiss her shortly after they met at a 2019 wedding. Sheher story.
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"Everything that I experienced, even before this pandemic, is about control and portraying an image of authority,' said the New York assemblyman, as quoted by CBC.Cuomo "chose to protect business profits over people's lives and now the whole world is paying attention to that decision and he needs to be held accountable for that," State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) said to CBC News.
“You can find hundreds of pictures of me making this gesture,” Gov. Cuomo says. “It’s how I make people feel comfortable.”
“But it doesn’t matter,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter my intent. What matters is whether anybody was offended by it. I could intend no offense but if they were offended by it it was wrong."
He said the face-grabbing and kissing-on-the-cheek was a greeting habit he picked up from his father, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who served from 1983 to 1994.
Beyond that, however, the governor was short on specifics. When asked by a reporter whom specifically he was apologizing to, Cuomo did not provide a name.
“I am apologizing to the young woman who worked here who said I made her feel uncomfortable in the workplace,” Cuomo said. “I’m embarrassed that someone felt that way in my administration.”
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"The governor's office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach," Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior advisor to the governor, said in a statement Sunday. News: Cuomo administration asks AG James and Court of Appeals chief judge to select investigator of harassment allegations pic.twitter.
Two aides, Lindsay Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, both came forward in February describing repeated propositions from the governor. Boylan wrote in a Medium post that; Bennett told The New York Times that Cuomo repeatedly brought up a past sexual assault of hers.
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Cuomo's accuser said that his chief of staff and general counsel decided not to investigate her sexual harassment claims because nothing "serious happened," adding, "It was just grooming."Bennett had previously said that on the date in question, Cuomo asked Bennett to turn off a tape recorder she had been using to take dictation in the governor's office. She alleged that he then began propositioning her for sex.