Gov Cuomo accused of sexual harassment by THIRD woman who claims he grabbed her face & said 'can I kiss you?' at weddingMarch 2, 2021
NEW York Gov Andrew Cuomo has been accused of unwanted touching, and asking a young woman if he could kiss her at a 2019 wedding.
The story, which 33-year-old Anna Ruch shared on Monday, follows allegations of sexual harassment from two former Cuomo employees.
Ruch told the New York Times that she went up to the governor to compliment him on a speech he made at a friend's wedding.
The governor then put his hand on Ruch's bare back, she said. When she removed his hands, Ruch claims the governor called her "aggressive."
He then grabbed her face and asked to kiss her, according to her account.
"I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed," Ruch told The Times. "I turned my head away and didn't have words in that moment."
Two former employees of the governor, Charlotte Bennett and Lindsay Boylan, have also come forward with accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Bennett told the New York Times that the governor asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life, including if she had sex with older men.
"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared," Bennett said.
Boylan said that Cuomo kissed her without consent and asked inappropriate questions, like if she wanted to play strip poker.
Cuomo issued a statement on Sunday acknowledging that some things he has said to past employees may "have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation."
His office gave New York's attorney general the go-ahead to hire a "private" lawyer to launch an investigation into the allegations.
Prominent Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have all commented on the seriousness of the allegations and the need for a probe.
De Blasio called the accusations "horrible," and said anyone who would wield their power to try and coerce sex "should no longer be in public service."
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