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“Embarrassed” Cuomo apologizes for “pain I’ve caused” but says he won’t resign

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he won’t resign from office amid growing calls for him to step down over sexual harassment allegations. After a third woman came forward to allege inappropriate conduct, the governor said during a press conference he felt “embarrassed” for the “pain I’ve caused” and pledged to cooperate with an investigation led by the state attorney general.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said Monday that the findings of the investigation would be made public after its completion.

Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, accused Cuomo of giving her an unwanted kiss and making inappropriate comments. Charlotte Bennett, a former health policy adviser to Cuomo, claimed Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life, including whether she had ever had sex with older men. Anna Ruch has accused the governor of touching her lower back and face and asking if he could kiss her at a wedding reception in 2019.   

“I never touched anyone inappropriately,” Cuomo said Wednesday.

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Cuomo has denied sexually harassing anyone, but some members of his own party are calling for him to step down. On Monday night, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice became one of the highest-profile Democrats in New York to demand Cuomo’s resignation. 

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The allegations coincide with scrutiny over Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes. He is facing a separate investigation over nursing home deaths during the pandemic. 

Contributing: Jericka Duncan and Caitlin Yilek

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