Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing bipartisan calls to resign amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct.
“The failure of his senior staff”
The magazine quoted a statement by Debra Katz, an attorney for accuser Charlotte Bennett, who claimed the governor led a “sexually hostile work environment” at his offices in both Manhattan and Albany.
He was allegedly motivated by a “deliberate effort to create rivalries and tension among female staffers on whom he bestowed attention,” the attorney added.
Katz added that Cuomo had a “preoccupation with his hand size” and its supposed correlations. She went on to offer praise for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who announced her decision to launch a probe into the claims against the governor.
“We remain confident that their investigation will substantiate Charlotte’s claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Cuomo, as well as the failure of his senior staff to meet their mandatory reporting requirements under the very laws he signed,” Katz stated.
For his part, Cuomo once again denied all wrongdoing in a statement he sent to the Washington Examiner. He praised Bennett’s record as “a hardworking and valued member of our team” during the response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but remained adamant that he was not guilty of the behavior she described.
“The investigation is underway”
“I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate,” he asserted. “The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported.”
Although a string of high-profile Democrats from across the state and beyond are adding pressure on Cuomo to resign or face impeachment, the White House has thus far been reluctant to make such a call.
President Joe Biden told one reporter on Sunday: “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.”
ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos followed up in his interview with the president by asking him wether he believes Cuomo should step down if the probe corroborates the accusers’ claims.
“Yes,” Biden declared. “I think he’ll probably end up being prosecuted, too.”