Andrew Cuomo appointed the law firm to investigate allegation against him
A law firm is investigating allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo of the U.S. State of New York. He says in a statement that he regrets if his behavior could ever be wrongly interpreted as “unwanted flirting”.
Cuomo announced last weekend that he has asked former judge Barbara Jones to open an investigation into the allegations. Two women who worked for him before had accused him of sexual misconduct.
However, the governor was criticized by other Democrats. Several politicians have said that a investigation director appointed by him is affecting the independence of the research. Letitia James, the Attorney General of New York, announced that a law firm would conduct the investigation. Cuomo has given his approval.
One of the women who accused Cuomo is 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett. She told that her boss has approached to her in the fall of 2020 with all kinds of sexual and personal questions.
That’s how he asked Bennett if she thinks age makes a difference in a relationship. He also said he was open to relationships with women in their twenties. She interpreted these remarks as a clear allusion to a sexual relationship. Another former employee claims that the governor gave her an unsolicited kiss on her mouth.
Cuomo at first denies the allegations
Cuomo, who is very popular in his State for his actions since the COVID-19 outbreak, initially contradicted the allegations. “I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal,” he later stated in the statement. “And that some of the comments, because of my position, gave others a feeling that I never intended.”
However, the Democrat denies having touched someone in an inappropriate way or made an inappropriate proposal. Cuomo says that he sometimes makes “playful jokes”. “I didn’t mean to offend anyone and just tried to add some levity and teasing to the serious work.”