Third Woman Accuses NY Gov. Cuomo of Unwanted Sexual Advances
On Monday, a third woman, Anna Ruch, accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances.
Ruch says Cuomo touched her bare lower back at a party and then held her face with his hands and asked if he could kiss her. Ruch's friend took photos of Cuomo when he was holding her face. Ruch is the first woman to accuse Cuomo that was not an employee.
A spokesman for Cuomo did not directly respond to the new allegations but pointed to Cuomo's earlier statement on Sunday. In his statement, Cuomo acknowledged that his behavior with some of his female staff may have been "insensitive or too personal." Cuomo stands accused of sexual harassment by two of his former female coworkers.
Said Cuomo, "I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that."
Cuomo maintains that he never inappropriately touched or propositioned anyone and says he will cooperate fully with the sexual harassment investigation led by the state’s attorney general, Letitia James.
Democrats have distanced themselves from the alleged scandal, many calling for Cuomo's resignation and saying a rigorous investigation is essential.
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