Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s remarks Wednesday were “full of falsehoods and inaccurate information” — including his denial that he ever “touched anyone inappropriately,” the lawyer for one of his accusers said.
Debra Katz also said the formal complaint filed by her client — former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett — put the lie to Cuomo’s assertion that he never knew he made anyone uncomfortable by his conduct.
“The governor’s press conference was full of falsehoods and inaccurate information, and New Yorkers deserve better,” Katz said.
Katz said the version of events offered by Anna Ruch — who claims Cuomo, 63, grabbed her face and kissed her after officiating at an aide’s 2019 wedding — “makes clear” that he touched her inappropriately.
A photo of the alleged incident also shows Ruch, 33, appearing extremely uncomfortable as Cuomo towered over her with his hands holding either side of her face.
Katz also said Bennett reported Cuomo’s “sexually harassing behavior immediately to his chief of staff and chief counsel.”
“We are confident that they made him aware of her complaint and we fully expect that the attorney general’s investigation will demonstrate that Cuomo administration officials failed to act on Ms. Bennett’s serious allegations or to ensure that corrective measures were taken, in violation of their legal requirements,” Katz added.
Bennett, 25, has alleged that Cuomo asked her inappropriate personal questions, told her he was open to relationships with women in their 20s and left her feeling that he “wanted to sleep with me.”