New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the public for the first time in days Wednesday afternoon in the wake of three sexual harassment allegations.
The Democratic governor apologized for his actions but denied that he touched anyone "inappropriately" and rejected calls from state legislators, including several in his party, to resign.
"I now understand: I acted in a way that made people uncomfortable," Cuomo said. "It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it."
He continued, repeating multiple times that he "never touched anyone inappropriately."
Cuomo also urged his constituents to wait for the results of an attorney general's inquiry into the allegations before forming an opinion on the matter.
"The attorney general is doing that review," Cuomo said. "I will fully cooperate with it. And then you will have the facts."
Three women, including two former staffers, have come forward in recent weeks with sexual harassment allegations against the governor.
One former aide, Charlotte Bennett, told the New York Times that the governor made inappropriate questions on her sex life, including if she ever had sex with older men.
Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, recently accused Cuomo of subjecting her to an unwanted kiss and inappropriate comments. Cuomo denied the allegations.
The most recent was released in a New York Times report Monday night. In it, a woman said the governor touched her lower back before grabbing her face and asking if he could kiss her at a 2019 wedding.
The latest controversy with the administration comes on the heels of another — Cuomo is facing continued criticism for withholding, for months, complete data on the number of nursing home residents who died of COVID-19.
State legislators announced Tuesday they would limit the governor's powers to set policy during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.