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(New York) New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, charged with sexual harassment by several women, announced his resignation Tuesday, a week after a damning report on the case.
Posted on Aug 10, 2021 at 12:10 PM Updated at 12:44 PM
“In these circumstances, the best way to help you withdraw is,” said Andrew Cuomo, who also apologized “deeply” to women who were “offended” by his actions.
Andrew Cuomo, 63, in office since 2011 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018, became involved for the first time in February, and statements by former administrators or advisers had multiplied since then. He had already rejected requests to resign in March.
But the situation had become much more difficult for him since the overwhelming results of an investigation requested by New York Attorney General Letitia James, which accused him of molesting eleven women and breaking federal and state laws. US President Joe Biden urged him to resign.
Among the women mentioned in the report, an adviser filed a complaint last week that paved the way for legal action against the governor.
“The most serious allegations have no credible basis in the report. And there is a difference between allegations of inappropriate behavior and the fact that one concludes that it is sexual harassment, “said Andrew Cuomo again on Tuesday.
“But that doesn’t mean that eleven women weren’t offended. You are. And I apologize deeply for that, ”he added.
He said his resignation will take effect in 14 days, paying tribute to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, “intelligent and competent,” who will immediately replace him and become the first female governor of New State York.
The governor of the country’s fourth most populous state, Andrew Cuomo, had become a national star at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020 thanks to his daily television spots, which were seen as rational and reassuring amid the crisis. and who put him up as an anti-Trump figure.
However, its bottom line had already been tarnished by an underestimation of the death toll from COVID-19 in nursing homes and then sexual harassment allegations.