New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, charged with sexual harassment, apologized Wednesday, saying he had “learned an important lesson” about his behavior towards women. He intends to stay in office.
“I now realized that I had acted in a way that made some people feel uncomfortable,” he said during a press conference. “It was unintentional and I sincerely and truthfully apologize for it,” he added. Cuomo said he would “fully” cooperate with the attorney general in investigations into allegations of sexual harassment.
Attorney General Letitia James selects a law firm to investigate the allegations and prepare a report that will be made public.
Cuomo has avoided appearing in public for days while some members of his party, the Democrat, want his resignation. Before the press conference on Wednesday, the governor last spoke to journalists on February 22nd.
Cuomo has not spoken publicly since instructing Letitia James to investigate allegations of sexual harassment of at least two women in his administration.
A former aide, Charlotte Bennett, 25, said Cuomo asked her about her sex life and asked her if she was open to a relationship with an older man.
Bennett has already denied Cuomo’s attempt to apologize that he was trying to “have fun” and that his jokes were misinterpreted.
Another former Cuomo employee, Lindsey Boylan, said he made inappropriate comments on her appearance, kissed her without her consent, and once suggested playing strip poker on board the state plane. Cuomo has already denied these allegations.
A third woman, Anna Ruch, told the New York Times that Cuomo put his hands on her face and asked if he could kiss her during a wedding in September 2019.