Are the walls finally closing in on Governor Andrew Cuomo?
After facing delayed criticism for his nursing home scandal, Cuomo’s problems further began to escalate as two former staffers accused him of sexual harassment. They are Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan. Yesterday, hours after Bennett described Cuomo as someone who “wields his power to avoid justice,” State Attorney General Letitia James announced that she could move forward with an independent investigation of Cuomo.
Just hours after that, a third woman has came forward, who is the first accuser to not have been employed by Cuomo. And there’s a photograph that allegedly captures the moment:
— Jodi Kantor (@jodikantor) March 2, 2021
As reported by the New York Post:
A third woman came forward on Monday to accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate sexual behavior, saying he grabbed and kissed her at a 2019 wedding. Anna Ruch, 33, told the New York Times that the 63-year-old governor made unwanted advances toward her and planted an unsolicited kiss on her cheek at the reception in Manhattan.
“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Ruch recalled. “I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed.”
Unlike the other two women, Ruch has never been employed by the governor or the state.
Ruch, a former member of the Obama administration and the 2020 Biden campaign, said she met Cuomo at the crowded wedding reception in September 2019.
Within moments of being introduced, Ruch claims, the gov put his hand on the small of her lower back, which was exposed in an open-back dress.
Ruch said she was so shocked, she had to ask a friend whether the gov’s lips had actually touched her face as she was pulling away. “I promptly removed his hand with my hand, which I would have thought was a clear enough indicator that I was not wanting him to touch me.”
He allegedly noted that Ruch seemed “aggressive” — and then placed his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her, loudly enough for a friend of Ruch’s to hear, according to the report.
“I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment,” Ruch said. Ruch said she was so shocked, she had to ask a friend whether the gov’s lips had actually touched her face as she was pulling away. She was told that he kissed her cheek.
Cuomo is now facing calls from within his own party to resign.
The time has come. The Governor must resign. https://t.co/GjcvuNfpfQ
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) March 2, 2021
It’s time for Governor Cuomo to resign.
— Jessica González-Rojas (@votejgr) March 2, 2021
#BREAKING: Tonight I issued a statement regarding assertions of sexual harassment against Governor Cuomo.
As a New Yorker, a legislator, Chair of the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, and a survivor of sexual abuse, I am calling for Governor Cuomo to resign. pic.twitter.com/2aKiN8CIkR
— Alessandra Biaggi (@SenatorBiaggi) February 28, 2021
Or … Cuomo can resign tonight. Not tomorrow. Tonight. https://t.co/NKpdrxISIK
— Ron T. Kim (@rontkim) February 28, 2021
Is this the end of Cuomo’s political career? It sure is long overdue.
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