In this image from a video from the New York Governor’s office, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference in Albany, New York on Wednesday, March 3, 2021
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he regrets three women who say he sexually molested them.
Cuomo also said he would not resign over the scandal and urged the public to on hold as New York Attorney General Letitia James oversees an investigation into allegations made by the women, two of whom were his aides.
“I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “It was unintentional.”
“And I really apologize deeply for it.”
“I will not resign,” said Cuomo. “I work for the people of New York.”
“I’m going to do the job that the people of the state chose me to do.”
Cuomo was first accused last week by former adjutant Lindsey Boylan of kissing her without her consent and suggesting a game of strip poker on an official flight.
Within days, another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, 25, told the New York Times that Cuomo, 63, had asked her questions last year, including whether she had “ever dated an older man,” whether she had Monogamous was her relationships and other personal issues that made her feel uncomfortable.
On Monday, the Times published claims by another woman, Anna Ruch, who said that Cuomo, whom she did not know, put his hand on her bare lower back at a wedding and then told her she was “aggressive” when he embraced her Face with hands. Ruch said Cuomo then asked if he could kiss her.
A photo of an uncomfortable looking Ruch with Cuomo on his face accompanied this article.
Ruch’s report increased the number of people who have urged Cuomo to resign, including New York Democratic MP Kathleen Rice.
Cuomo tried last weekend to see who would investigate Boylan’s and Bennett’s allegations, saying that a former federal judge would do the job. The governor then sought the state chief magistrate to work with James to oversee the investigation.
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