Cuomo apologizes, refuses to resign in wake of scandal

The New York governor said, in his first public appearance since the scandal, that he feels “awful” and is “deeply embarrassed” by the sexual harassment allegations -- but he will not quit.
2:53 | 03/04/21

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Now to New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Apologizing in his first public appearance in the wake of those sexual harassment allegations but standing his ground refusing to resign. A lawyer for one of his accusers is now responding. Stephanie Ramos has the latest. Reporter: In his first public appearance in a week, New York governor Andrew Cuomo addressing the sexual harassment allegations threatening his political career. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional, and I truly and sleepily apologize for it. I feel awful about it and, frankly, I am embarrassed by it. Reporter: Cuomo apologizing publicly after three women came forward accusing him of unwanted advances. Two former aides accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett claims the 63-year-old governor made it clear to her that he wanted to sleep with her. I'm embarrassed and hurt and I apologize that somebody who interacted with me felt that way. I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable. Reporter: The attorney for Charlotte Bennett, Deborah Katz refuting it saying my client reported his sexually harassing behavior immediately to his chief of staff and chief counsel. We are confident they made him aware of her complaint. The governor also declaring this -- I want you to know this from me directly, I never touched anyone inappropriately. Reporter: But two other accusers say things did get physical. Former aide Lindsey Boylan says the governor gave her an unwanted kiss and Anna Ruch who met Cuomo at a wedding reception in 2019 said the governor took her face in his hands and asked to kiss her claims the governor has denied. To establish sexual harassment you don't need physical conduct. Comments can be enough too. Reporter: Following that state lawmakers called on him to resign. National democratic leaders stopped short of that saying they'll wait for the independent investigation. While the three-term governor says he's not quitting. I was elected by the people of the state of New York. I'm not going to resign. Reporter: The New York attorney general is conducting an investigation into those allegations and the governor says he will cooperate fully with that investigation but asks that new yorkers wait for the full report before framing an opinion. All right, Stephanie, thank you so much for that.

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