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Cuomo denies sexual harassment accusations in NY AG’s report: ‘Not who I am’

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a news conference in New York on May, 3, 2021. (Timothy A. Clark/AFP)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a news conference in New York on May, 3, 2021. (Timothy A. Clark/AFP)

NEW YORK — New York governor Andrew Cuomo denies multiple allegations of sexual harassment, saying he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

“That is just not who I am. And that’s not who I have ever been,” he says in a television address, adding that he has published a response to the accusations on his website.

Cuomo speaks after the release of an explosive report by the New York attorney general’s office that prompted immediate calls for his resignation.

He says he had a life-long habit of kissing and touching people as a gesture of warmth and friendship, often in public.

“You’ve seen me do it on TV through all my briefings and for 40 years before that,” he says.

“I try to put people at ease. I try to make them smile. I try to connect with them and I try to show my appreciation and my friendship.

“I now understand that there are generational, or cultural perspectives, that frankly, I hadn’t fully appreciated. And I have learned from this.”

New York state’s attorney general Letitia James said today that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women as she announced the findings of an independent investigation into allegations against him.

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