- “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,” Cuomo said. “It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and frankly, I’m embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”
- Anna Ruch, 33, told The New York Times that Cuomo asked to kiss her at a wedding in 2019.
- Lindsey Boylan, a former state economic development official, said Cuomo harassed her on different occasions from 2015 to 2018, too.
- Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to Cuomo, said Cuomo asked her “whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.”
More from Cuomo’s apology
Per BBC News, Cuomo said in his apology that he “never touched anyone inappropriately.”
- “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable,” he said. “And I certainly never meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do.”
What it means
Per The New York Times, the apology may “be a play for time.” He asked people “to wait for the facts” as an inquiry begins into the claims of harassment. The review could take several months, according to The New York Times.
This means “if Mr. Cuomo seeks a fourth term next year, potential challengers may have less time to prepare campaigns,” per The New York Times.