- She said she “turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment.”
- She told The New York Times that Cuomo put his hand on her back at the wedding, too.
A spokesman for the governor did not address Ruch’s account to The New York Times. However, the spokesperson referenced Cuomo’s general statement about previous allegations. The statement said Cuomo’s previous actions and words may “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”
- “To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that,” the statement said, per The New York Times.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that a former aide to Cuomo said the governor once asked her “whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.”
I previously wrote about how Lindsey Boylan, a former state economic development official, said Cuomo harassed her on different occasions from 2015 to 2018, too.
- She said Cuomo had forcibly kissed her after making inappropriate comments for years. And Cuomo reportedly asked her to play strip poker, according to the Daily Beast.
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.
To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.
That’s why I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations.