Cuomo: ‘I Never Touched Anyone Inappropriately’
'I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable'
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made his first public remarks since being accused of sexual harassment by three women.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately.”
“The lawyers say that I shouldn’t say anything until that review is over, I’m a lawyer too, but I want New Yorkers to hear directly from me on that."
"I fully support a woman’s right to come forward, it should be encouraged in every way,” Cuomo said.
“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable," he added.
"It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it, I feel awful about it, and frankly, I am embarrassed by it, and that is not easy to say, but it is the truth.”
“I never touched anyone inappropriately,” the governor added.
“I never knew at the time I was making anyone feel uncomfortable.”
Cuomo then said people should wait for facts to be made public before judging him.
“I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts of the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion, get the facts please before forming an opinion,” Cuomo urged.
The Governor made it clear he did not intend to resign.
“I’m going to do the job the people of the state elected me to do.”
He then apologized for making anyone feel uncomfortable.
“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredible, difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson."
"I’m sorry, I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience,” the governor said.
Cuomo has remained relatively silent since giving New York Attorney General Letitia James a referral to investigate claims that he sexually harassed women in his administration.
Cuomo's remarks come after 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett, who worked as an executive assistant and health policy adviser for Cuomo before leaving in November, accused the Governor of sexual harassment.
Bennett alleged the sexual harassment began in the spring of 2020, the New York Times reported.
Bennett claimed Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life, whether she ever had sex with older men and if her relationships were monogamous.