Andrew Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment “derailed” former aide’s career, her lawyer says

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Andrew Cuomo's alleged sexual harassment

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will not step down for sexual harassment by three women.

Cuomo he apologized Wednesday because someone felt uncomfortable on their first public appearance since the allegations. The governor promised with that Attorney General’s investigation.

Lawyer Debra Katz, who represents the former adjutant Charlotte Bennettsaid Jericka Duncan of CBS News that Cuomo “won’t get a passport”.

Bennett has said that Cuomo asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life, including whether she has ever had sex with older men. “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and felt terribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett told the New York Times.

“That is inappropriate,” said Katz. “It derailed her career.”

Katz also slammed Cuomo’s explanation for the picture of him with Anna Ruch, who says he tried to kiss her.

With Ruch’s allegations, a photo of her and the governor appeared at a wedding in 2019, on which he has his hands on her face.

“I’ve never touched anyone inappropriately,” Cuomo said at the press conference. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. Men, women, it’s my usual and usual way of greeting.”

Katz said the photo of Cuomo and Ruch was “Exhibit A, that he did exactly what he denied in a press conference today”.

“This is far more significant than the governor is embarrassed about. He has committed unlawful sexual harassment and he must acknowledge it,” she said.

Since the first allegations came to light, demands for the governor’s resignation have grown to around 20 Democrats.

But since the leadership is taking a wait and see, Cuomo holds on and tells the media in a press conference on Wednesday: “I will not resign.”

However, Cuomo said he now understands “that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable”.

“It was unintentional and I really and deeply apologize for it,” he said. “I’m embarrassed.”

While some lawmakers in Cuomo’s party are calling for his resignation, most Democratic leaders are repeating the governor’s message – wait for investigation before forming an opinion.

“I think the overwhelming feeling is that we should be fair about this,” said Jay Jacobs, Democratic chairman of New York State.

Jacobs also said that much will depend on the outcome of the investigation.

“We don’t want to look back at some point in the distant future and think that we may have sped it up,” he said.

Meanwhile, New York state lawmakers reach an agreement to strip the governor of his emergency COVID-19 powers granted in the early days of the pandemic, which would mean asking state lawmakers to make decisions related to it Consult pandemics.