Updated: April 26, 2021 02:43 PM
Created: April 26, 2021 01:15 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday reaffirmed his stance that he had no wrongdoings in relation to allegations of workplace misconduct, sexual harassment, and ethical misconduct.
The Governor's briefing in Syracuse marked the first time in months reporters were allowed to attend in person. Previously, some briefings were closed to the press altogether or allowed limited questions by Zoom.
When asked by reporters if he did what he's accused of doing, Cuomo said "no." When further pressed if he would resign or discipline himself if Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into the allegations revealed the contrary, Cuomo said the report "can't say anything different" because he says he didn't do anything wrong.
Additionally, Cuomo reaffirmed his stance that senior members of his staff helped with his book, but the work was done on a voluntary basis in their private time. Cuomo said he did not mandate the staffers to sign a volunteer slip. The AG's investigation was expanded to look into the book controversy.
Cuomo has also said he will "fully cooperate" with the AG's investigation.
In response to his briefing, Attorney Debra Katz, who represents Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett said in part:
“Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducted a press conference in which he continued his effort to actively undermine the Attorney General’s independent investigation into his sexual harassment of my client, Charlotte Bennett, and numerous other women. Cuomo’s efforts to undermine this investigation are part of a broader effort to evade accountability for his actions, and members of the NY State Assembly must be prepared to accept the Attorney General’s findings when the appointed investigators conclude their work and include them as part of their impeachment proceedings."
Cuomo previously admitted that he at work can sometimes be "playful and make jokes", and that he does often tease people about their personal lives, adding that some of those interactions could have made others feel in ways he never intended.
Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to come forward with accusations against Gov. Cuomo, tweeted Monday saying, "Truly disgusting. This man is full of lies. Unfortunately for him, he does not control the truth and many people would have to ignore a lot of truth and evidence to accept this bull****."
Katz's full statement can be found below.
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