Andrew Cuomo tells fan 'I'm not going anywhere, darling' amid call to resign, internet says 'he doesn't get it'
Cuomo's comments came as a lawyer representing one of his accusers suggested that the governor's legal team is trying to intimidate witnesses
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is currently the subject of an ongoing sexual harassment investigation, raised eyebrows after reportedly telling a fan, "I'm not going anywhere, darling." Cuomo's comments came as a lawyer representing one of his accusers suggested that the governor's legal team is trying to intimidate witnesses, The Sun reported.
The New York Democrat was leaving an event at the Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon when a female fan shouted that she loved the governor and that he "better stay" in his position. Cuomo responded to her saying, "I'm not going anywhere, darling."
MEANWHILE: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo still charming the ladies: "I'm not goin' anywhere darling!" pic.twitter.com/K31gQF7Lug— 🤩🤩 Edwin 🌟🌟 Gab @TerraNNone (@EdwinVcity) March 23, 2021
The governor has so far been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by as many as eight women, most of them current or former staffers. Cuomo, however, has maintained that he never harassed anyone as the state attorney general investigates the claims.
In a letter to AG Letitia James, Debra Katz, who represents former Cuomo employee and accuser Charlotte Bennett, claimed that attorneys hired by the Cuomo administration were "debriefing" staff members after they spoke to James' investigators.
"This is highly improper and we object in the strongest possible terms to this obvious interference with what you have stated would be a 'thorough and independent investigation," the letter said. "What the governor is doing is classic intimidation of witnesses 101. Trying to know what witnesses are telling investigators after their interviews or asking to come along is clearly designed to chill people's willingness to speak to investigators."
Bennett, along with another former staffer Lindsey Boylan, were the first to come forward with allegations against Cuomo. She accused the governor of asking her inappropriate questions about her sex life while she worked in his administration. Meanwhile, Boylan accused Cuomo of kissing her without consent.
The governor was also accused of inappropriately touching a woman at a 2019 wedding. Anna Ruch shared a photo of herself talking to Cuomo at the event, during which she claims the governor asked if he could kiss her.
The latest accuser is Cuomo's current staffer Alyssa McGrath, who has alleged he would "ogle her body, remark on her looks and make suggestive comments to her and another executive aide." What's more? The governor is also accused of groping another aide at the Executive Mansion.
Speaking to the New York Times, McGrath said Cuomo "has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost like you're his friend. But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation, in your head going, 'I can't believe I just had that interaction with the governor of New York.'"
Social media was inundated with comments criticizing the New York governor for his behavior while embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal.
"Darling??? He doesn't get it does he?" one tweeted. "Top Democrats must have assured him that it will blow over soon, when you control the Media and the government you control everything," another wrote. "Lost in all this madness is the story of all the elderly he had a hand in their deaths," a user commented.
"He makes my skin crawl. He really thinks he is above the law," another added.
Darling??? He doesn't get it does he?— Joseph (@therealpjrm82) March 22, 2021
Top Democrats must have assured him that it will blow over soon, when you control the Media and the government you control everything— The Bat (@AskPhoebe3) March 22, 2021
Lost in all this madness is the story of all the elderly he had a hand in their deaths.— Putting the foil on (@Brownie_rod) March 22, 2021
He makes my skin crawl. He really thinks he is above the law.— Samantha (@Samanth49545494) March 22, 2021