New York governor Andrew Cuomo immediately denied the sexual harassment allegations detailed in a report released Tuesday by state attorney general Letitia James
James’s report, the product of a months-long investigation, concluded that the governor inappropriately touched multiple female employees in violation of state and federal law and unlawfully retaliated against at least one accuser by releasing her personnel file to media outlets.
“The facts are much different than what has been portrayed,” Cuomo said in a statement to the media. “I never touched anybody inappropriately…or made inappropriate sexual advances.”
Cuomo denied several specific accusations, including those made by former aide Charlotte Bennett, who claims the governor responded inappropriately when she told him she was a sexual assault survivor. Bennett claimed that Cuomo asked her if she slept with older men and if she was monogamous, and “understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me.”