Transcript for 3rd woman comes forward with harassment allegations against Cuomo
We want to get right to our lead story. The latest on New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Overnight a new accuser stepped forward contemplating the governor made an unwanted advance at a wedding reception of the she's now the third woman to make claims against the governor. This as an independent investigation by the state attorney general's office is now under way. Stephanie Ramos is in Albany, New York, with the very latest. Good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: Robin, good morning. We haven't heard from governor Cuomo in almost a week. He's released a number of statements defending himself against those allegations from two former aides and now this latest accuser says he left her feeling confused and embarrassed and shocked. This morning, New York governor Andrew Cuomo facing new calls for resignation after a third woman has come forward with accusations of sexual harassment Anna Ruch telling "The New York Times" the governor tried to kiss her at a New York City wedding reception in 2019 and then sharing this photograph she says was captured on her cell phone that night by a friend. Ruch saying that when governor Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back, she, quote, promptly removed his hand with my hand. According to the paper, the governor remarked that she seemed aggressive and placed his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her. Ruch telling "The times" I turned my head away and didn't have words in that moment. While Ruch met Cuomo for the first time at that wedding her allegations come after two former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett accused the governor of sexual harassment at work. Bennett tweeting her support for Ruch posting, I hear you, I see you, I'm sorry. His inappropriate and aggressive behavior cannot be justified or normalized. Bennett telling her story to "The New York Times" over the weekend alleging that last spring Cuomo made Earth clear to her he wanted to sleep with her. When she allegations that the governor asked her direct questions about her sex life, whether or not she was monogamous in her relationship, whether or not she had ever slept with an older man. Reporter: The governor denying Bennett's allegations releasing a statement Sunday saying that his words have been misinterprettied as an unwanted flirtation and that he was trying to be playful and funny. Bennett saying Cuomo has refused to acknowledge or take responsibility for his predatory behavior. New York attorney general Letitia James will now oversee an independent investigation with subpoena power into the sexual harassment allegations from the former aides. Congresswoman Kathleen rice is calling on the governor to step down. She is the highest ranking Democrat to do so, George.
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