House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says sexual assault allegations made against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are ‘serious and credible’ while calling for due process in the investigation.
Pelosi joined a growing number of Democrat and Republican politicians calling for investigations into Cuomo after a second former aide came forward with sexual harassment allegations.
‘The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,’ Pelosi said in a statement to Fox News.
‘The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved.’
Cuomo has been accused of asking Charlotte Bennett, 25, inappropriate questions about her sex life, including whether she ever had sex with older men while she was a health policy adviser.
Lindsey Boylan, 36, recently accused Cuomo an unwanted kiss and asking her to play strip poker while working as a former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, which he has denied.
On Sunday, Cuomo said that he was ‘truly sorry’ and acknowledged he’d been ‘insensitive’ in response to sexual harassment claims against him.
Cuomo added that he had ‘never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm’.
He explained that he would often be ‘playful and make jokes that I think are funny… (and) tease people in what I think is a good-natured way. I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times.’
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