A third woman accuses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. The incident is said to have occurred at a wedding, reports the New York Times.
The 33-year-old visitor to the wedding stated that she did not know Cuomo personally before the festival in September 2019. At the reception she thanked him for his kind words about the newlyweds. Shortly afterwards, he put his hand on her lower back. After she pushed her away, he accused her of “aggressive” behavior, touched her on the cheeks and asked if he could kiss her, the newspaper quoted her as saying. “I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed.”
At the end of February, two former employees accused the democratic politician of crossing sexual boundaries at work. According to their descriptions, he is said to have sexually harassed her verbally and to have touched one of them immorally. He described the harassment allegations as an unfortunate misunderstanding.
According to the New York Times, Cuomo and his lawyer did not comment directly on the new allegations. A spokesman instead referred to a statement Cuomo published on Sunday in response to the previous allegations. In it he says that he is “really sorry” if his statements have been misunderstood as “undesirable flirtation”. He also spoke of a “playful” management style in an otherwise “very serious” professional environment.
Before his statement was published, the 63-year-old Democrat agreed to an independent investigation into the allegations made against him at the insistence of party colleagues.
In addition, a scandal surrounding corona deaths in old people’s homes weighs on the politician. After initially being seen as an example of successful policy in the pandemic, it emerged that Cuomo had been covering up death rates in old people’s homes. In addition, there are confused corona rules, massive problems with vaccination in the state and his crude management style.