Tuesday, January 18, 2022

New York Governor resigns in wake of allegations against him of sexually harassing 11 women

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned after an inquiry found that he sexually harassed multiple women, prompting efforts to remove him.

“The best way I can help now is if I step aside,” he said, while continuing to deny the claims. The resignation will take effect in 14 days.

Lt Governor Kathy Hochul will become the first woman to lead New York state.

Mr Cuomo had been facing pressure to resign from fellow Democrats, including President Joe Biden.

Mr Cuomo is the third New York governor in a row to leave office under a cloud of scandal.

Why did Cuomo resign?

The independent investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office found that Mr Cuomo, 63, sexually harassed 11 women, including state employees.

Women alleged that he made sexual comments, inappropriately touched or groped them, and kissed them without consent.

His fellow New York Democrats had begun plans to impeach him. He is still facing criminal investigations relating to the harassment claims.

“In my mind I’ve never crossed the line with anyone. but I didn’t realise the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” he said.

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