Bill De Blasio Says Cuomo 'Letting Himself Off The Hook' Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Written by on March 1, 2021

New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over his statements responding to sexual harassment claims by two former aides.

“He simply clearly was letting himself off the hook from one thing that the ladies concerned stated sounded fairly terrifying,” de Blasio stated Monday at a press briefing. 

The mayor additionally steered that Cuomo ought to step down if the allegations show to be true.

“If somebody purposefully tried to make use of their energy to attempt to drive a lady to have intercourse with him, after all that particular person ought to not be in public service,” de Blasio stated. 

Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to Cuomo, advised The New York Instances that the governor requested her inappropriate questions on her intercourse life, together with whether or not she “had ever been with an older man.” Final week, former staffer Lindsey Boylan wrote in a Medium publish that Cuomo had kissed her with out her consent whereas she was working for him in 2018, and that he had requested her to play strip poker in 2017. 

Cuomo, 63, denied Boylan’s allegations and stated Saturday in an announcement that he meant to be a mentor for Bennett, who’s 25. In a assertion the next day, Cuomo additionally stated that “a few of the issues I’ve stated have been misinterpreted as an undesirable flirtation. To the extent anybody felt that approach, I’m actually sorry about that.”

De Blasio stated Monday that that was “not an apology.”

“He gave the impression to be saying, ‘Oh, I used to be simply kidding round.’ Sexual harassment will not be humorous,” the mayor added.

Democratic New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand each known as for an impartial investigation into the sexual harassment claims, as did White Home press secretary Jen Psaki.

Cuomo stated Sunday that he would cooperate with an investigation by state Legal professional Normal Letitia James. 

De Blasio, who has had a tense relationship with Cuomo over college closings and different pandemic-related selections final 12 months, echoed requires an investigation into the prevailing sexual harassment allegations and any others that might come out. 

The mayor additionally known as for a full investigation into COVID-19 deaths in New York’s nursing houses. A report from the state lawyer basic’s workplace accused New York of undercounting nursing residence deaths, main the state to formally revise its depend.

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