New York City Guv Cuomo approves independent probe into sexual

New York Guv Andrew Cuomo formally referred himself for examination Monday over accusations he sexually bugged two former aides, as he faced criticism for recommending the women had actually “misinterpreted” him.The state’s attorney general of the United States, Letitia James, stated that Cuomo’s workplace had composed to her giving her request to set up an independent probe into the accusations.”This is not a responsibility we take lightly as claims of sexual harassment ought to constantly be taken seriously,” James said in a statement.The recommendation letter noted that the findings of the investigation will be “revealed in a public report,” James added.Cuomo stated Sunday he was “genuinely sorry” if his conduct had ever been “misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation” as he faced mounting pressure over the scandal.The governor has actually been commonly slammed, including by fellow Democrats, after previous aide Charlotte Bennett told The New york city Times that he sexually harassed her last year.The allegations Saturday came simply four days after another ex-aide, Lindsey Boylan, described unwanted physical contact from Cuomo.Cuomo has actually rejected ever wrongly touching or propositioning anyone.On Sunday, the 63-year-old bowed to press to give an independent investigation.He at first picked a former federal judge to lead the probe but prominent figures in his own celebration said that was insufficiently transparent.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday slammed Cuomo’s statement responding to the claims.”That’s not an apology. He appeared to be stating, ‘Oh, I was simply joking around.’ Sexual harassment is not amusing. It’s serious,” stated de Blasio, a veteran competitor of Cuomo’s. A member of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, a group of previous New York parliamentary aides which fights harassment, explained Cuomo’s comments as “insulting.””He’s not taking any accountability. We have no factor to think he’s not going to duplicate this behaviour again,” Rita Pasarell informed the Guardian in comments tweeted by the group.According to the 25-year-old Bennett, Cuomo stated in June that he was open to dating females in their 20s, and asked her if she believed age made a difference in romantic relationships, the Times reported.While Cuomo never ever attempted to touch her, “I comprehended that the governor wished to sleep with me, and felt horribly unpleasant and afraid,” she said.Cuomo became a nationwide figure last spring with his straight-talking yet understanding coronavirus briefings.On Wednesday, Boylan said in a blog site that Cuomo had harassed her when she was working for his administration, from 2015 to 2018. Boylan, 36, declared that the guv had actually offered her an unsolicited kiss on the lips, suggested that they play strip poker and went “out of his way to touch me on my lower back, limbs.”pdh/bgsTHE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY

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