New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) denied sexual harassment allegations in opposition to him on Tuesday in a weird press convention that included moments of belittlement and a slideshow of him kissing folks.
The 63-year-old’s handle instantly adopted the state legal professional common concluding that he did sexually harass a number of present and former state authorities workers and created a “hostile work environment for women.”
Here are a number of the most weird moments:
He shared a slideshow of him kissing folks.
The governor shared a 20-second slideshow that includes images of him kissing varied folks and touching their faces as a protection for allegations of unwelcome touching.
“I do it with everyone,” he stated because the images rolled by. “Black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ, powerful people. Friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street.”
He belittled kissing and touching folks with out their consent.
Cuomo stated his behavior of touching and kissing folks’s faces is supposed to convey heat and is a behavior that he discovered from his mom. He didn’t say he’ll cease, even after a number of girls accused his conduct of being sexual and unwelcome.
“I’ve been making the same gesture in public all my life,” he stated. “There are hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of me using the exact same gesture.”
He did say he has “learned” from this.
“I now understand that there are generational or cultural perspectives that frankly I hadn’t fully appreciated and I have learned from this,” he stated.
He belittled having used pet names for ladies in his office.
Cuomo, who has been accused of calling a feminine aide “sweetheart” and “darling” and placing his hand round her waist, tried to decrease complaints that he makes use of inappropriate pet names and phrases of endearment for ladies.
“I do on occasion say, ‘Ciao bella,’” he stated of the Italian phrase for “Hi, beautiful.” “On occasion, I do slip and say sweetheart or darling, or honey. I do banter with people,” he stated. “I am the same person in public as I am in private.”
Using such phrases of endearment for one more particular person is just not solely inappropriate however thought of sexual harassment by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Civil Rights.
“Even if the person ‘means nothing to you’ or you have ‘used the term for years’ you should be aware that such expressions are inappropriate,” the DOI’s web site states. Physical contact and squeezing a employee’s shoulders or placing a hand round their waist are different listed examples of sexual harassment.
He needs his workplace for use as a mannequin for workplace conduct.
Immediately after figuring out his personal inappropriate conduct within the office, Cuomo stated he needs New York state authorities to be a “model of office behavior.”
“I’ve brought in an expert to design a new sexual harassment policy and procedures and to train the whole team, myself included. I accept responsibility and we are making changes,” he stated.
He went on a tangent about sexist double requirements.
Cuomo switched gears to speak about how unfair it’s that ladies face sexist double requirements within the office and that this “must be challenged.”
“When have you ever seen male managers maligned and villainized for working long hours or holding people accountable or for being tough? A strong male manager is respected and rewarded, but a strong female manager is ridiculed and stereotyped,” he stated. “It is a double standard. It is sexist and it must be challenged.”
He countered the AG’s findings by sharing his legal professional’s findings.
Cuomo countered the state legal professional common’s investigation into the allegations in opposition to him by promoting the outcomes of a report on the allegations from his personal legal professional, which he stated will be discovered on-line.
“My attorney, who is a non-political former federal prosecutor, has done a response to each allegation and the facts are much different than what has been portrayed. That document is on my website,” he stated. In the report, his legal professional referred to as James’ investigation biased and accused it of getting “willfully ignored evidence inconsistent with the narrative they have sought.”
The investigation by New York state Attorney General Letitia James was launched in March and included interviews with 179 folks, and reviewed greater than 74,000 items of proof, together with emails, texts, images and audio information, James stated. Her 168-page report was launched Tuesday.
He praised his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo, whereas dealing with rising requires him to resign, ended his press convention by praising his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic and stressing that the work mendacity forward of him in workplace is ongoing, which he repeatedly emphasised can solely be carried out “together.”
“Look at the progress we made on COVID. It is amazing. We went from the highest infection rate in the country to one of the lowest infection rates in the country,” he stated. “That shows that there’s nothing that we can’t do when we work together. Together. Together as one. As one community. As one family.”
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