Cuomo defiant, says he won't resign even as 7th accuser comes forward

by Jenny Mount · Mar 12th, 2021 4:49 pm
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Last Updated Mar 16th, 2021 at 10:41 pm

The number of New York Democratic legislators calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation continues to climb as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jerry Nadler join the group.

"This week, the second sexual assault allegation and the sixth harassment allegation was leveled against Governor Cuomo," said Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY). "The fact that this latest report was so recent is alarming, and it raises concerns about the present safety and well-being of the administration's staff. These allegations have all been consistent and highly-detailed, and there are also credible media reports substantiating their accounts."

A female reporter is claiming that Cuomo touched her inappropriately and made her feel uncomfortable, making her the the seventh accuser to come forward with claims of sexual harassment.

"I never thought the governor wanted to have sex with me. It wasn't about sex. It was about power. He wanted me to know that I was powerless," Jessica Bakeman wrote in a New York Magazine piece. "That I was small and weak, that I did not deserve what relative power I had: a platform to hold him accountable for his words and actions. He wanted me to know that he could take my dignity away at any moment with an inappropriate comment or a hand on my waist."

With the mounting accusations against Cuomo, numerous Democrats are calling for his resignation, including Reps. Nydia Velazquez, Grace Meng, Sean Patrick Maloney and Carolyn Maloney.

"Unfortunately, the Governor is not only facing the accusation that he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and assault. There is also the extensive report from the Attorney General that found the Cuomo administration hid data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths from both the public and the state legislature," Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman said in a statement.

"The Democratic Conference is taking the first step toward impeachment by opening an investigation with full subpoena power to obtain facts and testimonies under oath," said Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim.

Cuomo insists he will not resign, saying "I did not do what has been alleged."


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