Karma really is hitting New York governor Cuomo hard for lying about nursing home COVID numbers. Not one. Not two. But three women have now come forward about sexual harassment they have faced while under his employ.
The situation is so bad for Cuomo that even Joe Biden has spoken out in favor of a full investigation into the allegations, which include forced kisses, sexual remarks, and invitations to play “strip poker.” Cuomo seemingly admitted to the misconduct, calling his disgusting behavior “good-natured” and explaining that he likes to “tease people” in the office. But there was nothing good-natured about his interactions with any of the women, including the third.
Anna Ruch says she met Cuomo at a wedding reception in New York in 2019. Cuomo toasted her friends — and when Ruch went to thank him, he decided to try to take some quid pro quo:
Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back, Ruch told the Times.
“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,” she said.
Ruch said she moved his hand off her back, and Cuomo allegedly told her that she seemed “aggressive” before placing his hands on her cheeks and asking her if he could kiss her.
“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Ruch told the Times. “I felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed when really he is the one who should have been embarrassed.”
“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed,” Ruch says. “I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment.” The interaction was loud enough for her friend to hear, and that friend has corroborated Ruch’s version of events.
“It’s the act of impunity that strikes me,” Ruch told the Times. “I didn’t have a choice in that matter. I didn’t have a choice in his physical dominance over me at that moment. And that’s what infuriates me. And even with what I could do, removing his hand from my lower back, even doing that was not clear enough.”
Unlike Cuomo’s other accusers, Ruch did not work the the Governor. In other words, he is a scumbag everywhere — not just at work.