New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been in hot waters for allegedly harassing two of his former assistants. There are calls for investigations into his ‘insensitive conduct’ towards his employees.
He has also been investigated for the covering up of nursing home data, during the early stages of the pandemic.
He has previously denied all these allegations and asked for an in-depth investigation. However, he has recently issued a lengthy statement, clarifying his position.
He has since apologized for his ‘playful’ behavior that according to him has been misinterpreted. He has claimed that he considered his colleagues as friends and has never done anything that may hurt or offend them.
However, Cuomo acknowledged that some of his behavior with women may have been insensitive or too personal. He said that and he was ready to cooperate in a sexual harassment investigation.
Read Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statement here
The statement has been issued amid mounting criticism from New Yorkers.
Cuomo is one of the most popular governors and is considered a heroic figure due to his good administrative skills. However, the recent events have tarnished his reputation, and his political career is in serious turmoil now.
Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating the allegations, has released a statement endorsing the need for an independent and fair trial.
The sexual harassment allegations by Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan have been circulating in the media for the last few weeks.
James and other prominent party officials rejected two of Cuomo’s proposals on how an investigation should proceed.
According to his first plan, a retired federal judge Barbara Jones would have reviewed his behavior in the workplace. In the second proposal, Cuomo asked for a joint investigation by James and a chief judge.
Two US senators from New York, Schumer, and Gillibrand have claimed that an independent investigation was essential, as sexual harassment is a serious issue that cannot afford to be influenced by the accused in anyway.