Sixth woman accuses New York governor Cuomo of harassment

WION Web Team
New York, United States of AmericaUpdated: Mar 10, 2021, 07:30 AM IST

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Photograph:(Reuters)

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The 63-year-old Democrat has, however, ruled out resignation once again.

A sixth woman has accused the governor of New York state, Andrew Cuomo, of inappropriately touching her.

The 63-year-old Democrat has, however, ruled out resignation once again.

Cuomo claimed he was "not aware" of the new accusation, adding he would await the results of an independent investigation into the allegations, overseen by the state Attorney General Letitia James. 

"Let the investigation get the facts and we'll take it from there," Cuomo said during a telephone briefing called shortly after the new charge was published.

The new claim further weakens the position of the governor, who has been in power for 10 years and whose term expires in 2022. 

The Times Union, a newspaper in the state capital of Albany where the New York legislature is based, said the allegation had been made by an unidentified employee of the governor, and that the incident took place at his official residence last year. 

She did not file a complaint, the newspaper said, but her allegations were forwarded to the governor's legal department and the state attorney general's office. 

Cuomo, initially praised for his state's handling of the pandemic, has suffered a spectacular fall from grace, with Republicans and his accusers also calling for his resignation.

Republicans have begun impeachment proceedings in the state legislature, where Democrats have a majority. 

(with inputs)