New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has acknowledged for the primary time that a few of his behaviour with girls had been “misinterpreted as undesirable flirtation”.
And he mentioned he would cooperate with a sexual harassment investigation led by the state’s lawyer basic.
In a press release launched amid mounting criticism from inside his personal celebration, the Democrat maintained he had by no means inappropriately touched or propositioned anybody.
However he mentioned he had teased individuals and made jokes about their private lives in an try and be “playful”.
“I now perceive that my interactions might have been insensitive or too private and that a few of my feedback, given my place, made others really feel in methods I by no means supposed. I acknowledge a few of the issues I’ve mentioned have been misinterpreted as an undesirable flirtation. To the extent anybody felt that means, I’m really sorry about that,” he mentioned.
He made the feedback after the state’s lawyer basic demanded Mr Cuomo grant her the authority to research claims he sexually harassed no less than two girls who labored for him.
Mr Cuomo’s authorized counsel mentioned the governor would again a plan to nominate an outdoor lawyer as a particular impartial deputy lawyer basic.
High Democrats gave the impression to be abandoning Mr Cuomo in giant numbers as he tried to retain some say over who would examine his office conduct.
Lawyer Basic Letitia James, a Democrat who has been, at occasions, allied with Mr Cuomo however is independently elected, appeared to emerge as a consensus alternative to steer a probe.