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Cuomo Says He Can't Respond To Sexual Harassment Allegations, Despite No Legal Reason To Refrain

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a vaccination site in New York on March 8, 2021.
Seth Wenig
Associated Press
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a vaccination site in New York on March 8, 2021.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wants to tell his side of the story, but will continue to refrain out of respect for two ongoing investigations into allegations of sexual harassment from multiple women.

Cuomo said it’s been “very difficult letting people make accusations and not responding.” The alleged incidents include inappropriate comments, unwelcome kisses and, in one instance, groping under a woman’s shirt.

“The complainants have continued to go to the press and make their complaints in the press, and I have not been able to respond,” Cuomo said. “That’s not fair and that’s not right.”

Cuomo has denied he sexually harassed anyone or intentionally tried to make anyone uncomfortable, and his attorney has refuted some of the specific allegations.

There is no legal reason why Cuomo can’t offer his own detailed account of the alleged incidents, but the governor said he is holding off while the investigations by the state’s attorney general and an Assembly impeachment inquiry are continuing.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.