A sixth women accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
The woman remains unidentified, made the claim on Tuesday (March 9). She’s a member of the Executive Chamber staff. The “Jane Doe” says Cuomo allegedly inappropriately touched her last year at the Executive Mansion, the official residence of the governor.
Cuomo denied the allegation and said he wasn’t “aware” that he did anything inappropriate. During an afternoon call with reports, Cuomo said,
“As I said last week, this is very simple: I never touched [anyone] inappropriately. He continued, “As I said last week, I never made any inappropriate advances. As I said last week, no one ever told me at the time I made them feel uncomfortable”
Five other women, including four who worked for the governor throughout his career, have publicly accused Cuomo of misconduct or inappropriate behavior. The scandal has engulfed the governor, already under fire and facing a federal probe over his administration’s handling of COVID deaths in nursing homes, in recent weeks and led to increasing calls for his resignation.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) became the highest-ranking of the governor’s fellow Dems to call on him to leave office this weekend.
Cuomo has remained defiant, suggesting it would be “anti-democratic” for him to step down.
“There is no way I resign,” he said Sunday.
Over the weekend, Ana Liss, a former policy and operations aide to the governor, told the Wall Street Journal that Cuomo repeatedly inquired about her personal life, touched her, and on one occasion kissed her hand as she rose from her desk.
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