Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement this week in response to a new state attorney general’s report linking him to various acts of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Already, however, one of Cuomo’s accusers has rejected his tepid apology, issuing a succinct opinion of the embattled governor on national television: “He’s a danger.”
“He’s not living in reality”
The exchange occurred this week on ABC’s Good Morning America as Charlotte Bennett addressed the latest development in the ongoing saga.
“Based on his apology, which was not much of an apology at all, he’s not living in reality,” she said, according to BizPacReview. “It’s up to us to take action. It is the responsibility of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to impeach him immediately.”
Bennett, who worked as an aide for Cuomo in 2019, went on to accuse him of “victim-blaming” for his reaction to the numerous allegations against him.
In a separate interview, she declared that if the governor were truly sorry “he would step down.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report written by independent investigators that determined the governor sexually harassed at least 11 women, including Bennett.
“Unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging”
The types of alleged sexual misconduct include “unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging,” as well as “inappropriate comments,” the report found.
Although James signaled that Cuomo likely violated federal and state laws in the process, she indicated that her office would not be pressing charges against him. Of course, that does not ensure he will be off the hook.
New reports suggest other New York prosecutors are looking to bring charges against Cuomo — on top of the mounting calls from elected officials on every level calling on him to either resign or be impeached.
Despite the increasing pressure he is facing, the governor has remained defiant. He made it clear in a pre-recorded statement that he does not plan on going anywhere.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” he declared, according to Breitbart. “I am 63 years old. I lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am and that is not who I have been. It is important to me that you fully understand that.”