Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and inappropriate behavior have been “distorted” by the media and he vowed to tell his side “when the time is right.”
Multiple women have accused Cuomo of harassing or inappropriate behavior over the last several months, and Attorney General Letitia James’s office has hired two outside investigators to conduct a probe of the allegations.
“I’m going to tell you the truth and the facts about this entire situation that has been, I think, distorted in the press and manipulated, and when the time is right, I will tell you the truth and the facts and I am very much looking forward to it,” Cuomo said on Monday while making an announcement at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.
The allegations leveled against the governor range from inappropriate remarks about the sex lives of former aides to holding a woman’s face at a wedding and, the most serious, an allegation of sexual assault at the Executive Mansion.
Subpoenas to several of the women, including former aide Charlotte Bennett and Manhattan borough president candidate Lindsay Boylan were issued by investigators in recent days.
Democrats in the state Assembly have also started an impeachment investigation that includes the harassment allegations.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing. He continued to insist, too, that making a persona “uncomfortable” did not rise to the level of sexual harassment.
“You make me uncomfortable by some of the questions you ask me,” he said. “That is not sexual harassment. There are other elements that have to be added.”
Asked if he had ever had an “intimate” relationship with a state worker, Cuomo said, “Intimate has a number of manifestations.”
Chuckling to himself, the governor turned to someone nearby and said, “We have an intimate relationship, don’t you think? Not a sexual relationship.”