Governor Andrew Cuomo’s remarks on Wednesday were “full of falsehood and inaccurate information” – including his denial that he had ever “touched anyone inappropriately,” the attorney told one of his prosecutors.
Debra Katz also said that her client’s formal complaint – former Cuomo consultant Charlotte Bennett – belied Cuomo’s claim that he never knew his behavior was making anyone uncomfortable.
“The governor’s press conference was full of falsehoods and inaccurate information, and New Yorkers deserve better,” said Katz.
Katz said the version of the events offered by Anna Ruch – claiming Cuomo, 63, grabbed her face and kissed her after serving at an adjutant’s wedding in 2019 – “makes it clear” that he was touching her inappropriately have.
A photo of the alleged incident also shows Ruch, 33, feeling extremely uncomfortable when Cuomo towers over her with his hands holding both sides of her face.
Katz also said Bennett immediately reported Cuomo’s sexually harassing behavior to his chief of staff and chief attorney.
Attorney Debra Katz and Governor Andrew Cuomo.Getty Images
“We are confident that you have brought your complaint to his attention, and we expect the Attorney General’s investigation will show that Cuomo administration officials have failed to respond to Ms. Bennett’s grave allegations in violation of their legal requirements or made sure that corrective actions were taken, ”added Katz.
Bennett, 25, has alleged that Cuomo asked her inappropriate personal questions, telling her he was open to relationships with women in their twenties and made her feel like he “wanted to sleep with me.”