New York Governor Andrew Cuomo refused to resign after three women came forward about the sexual harassment they endured at his hands. Many of the details are unsettling at best, yet Cuomo says resigning because he did terrible things while serving badly as Governor would interfere with his ability to “do the job the people of the state elected [him] to do.” But what about when the total becomes five women he has harassed?
“It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it. I feel embarrassed by it,” Cuomo said recently while addressing the allegations. Despite his admission to the behavior, he insists that he “didn’t know” he made anyone feel uncomfortable. “”I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone pain,” he says. “That is the last thing I would want to do.”
Former press aide Karen Hinton has now spoken out, saying Cuomo repeatedly and inappropriately hugged her, which made her feel uncomfortable — and probably made it difficult, to use Cuomo’s words, to “do the job” she needed to do. She says Cuomo forced her into a “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate” embrace in a dimly-lit hotel room and became aggressive when she pulled away from him. “I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things, so I just pull away again, and I leave,” she says. This occurred while Cuomo led the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2000.
Cuomo, of course, says “this did not happen.”
Another accuser, Ana Liss, worked under Cuomo from 2013-2015. She says he would ask if she had a boyfriend and kiss her hand — actions that are, according to her, “not appropriate, really, in any setting.”
Cuomo remains defiant in the face of this and his “other scandal” — the one in which he lied about COVID numbers in nursing homes to make himself look good. He truly is shameless.