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Andrew Cuomo investigation: 5 ladies now accuse governor of intercourse harassment, calls develop for resignation by New York lawmakers

NEW YORK (WABC) – Two more women came forward over the weekend saying Governor Andrew Cuomo was inappropriately with them.

The governor said he concluded he would not resign, at least until the results of the attorney general’s investigation.

Now a total of five women say they were sexually molested by Governor Cuomo.

Another accusation comes from Ana Liss, who says the governor asked her about her intimate life and kissed her hand.

Liss allegedly said that she thought it was harmless flirting at first but later found it inappropriate.

The other new accuser is Karen Hinton, who worked as the press secretary for Cuomo and later served as the press secretary for Mayor Bill de Blasio. She is the youngest accuser.

“Attacking the prosecutor is the classic playbook of powerful men trying to protect themselves,” said Hinton.

Hinton told the Washington Post in 2000 when she was the governor of HUD’s press secretary. He called her into a hotel room, pulled her close and held her.

Cuomo dismissed Hinton as a longtime critic whose report required context.

“What she said is not true,” Cuomo said of Hinton’s allegations.

WATCH: Cuomo responds to calls for resignation and answers questions about new allegations:

But his defense didn’t stop one of the state’s top Democrats, Senate Chairman Andrea Stewart-Cousins, from saying, “New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and still facing the social, health and economic repercussions. We must govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign. “

“The allegations about the governor that have been reported over the past few weeks have been deeply troubling and have no place in government, at work or anywhere else,” said Congregation spokesman Carl Heastie. “I too share the opinion of the Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins ​​on the governor’s ability to continue running this state. We have many challenges to face, and I think it is time for the governor to give them serious thought whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York. “

The governor pushed back.

“I was elected by the people of the state. I was not elected by politicians. I will not resign on allegations. The premise of resigning on allegations is actually anti-democratic,” said Cuomo.

The spokesman for the state house did not ask the governor to resign.

Cuomo noted that Senator Schumer and the White House have signaled a readiness to await the outcome of an investigation supervised by the Attorney General.

WATCH: Cuomo responds to calls for resignation and answers questions about new allegations:

In addition, two men reported that the governor created a toxic job by verbally abusing them.

The New York Working Families Party said if Cuomo refuses to resign, he should be charged:

“Thank you to Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​for valiantly standing up for all New Yorkers and calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign. If the Governor continues to disregard the welfare of New Yorkers and refuse to resign, the congregation must adopt its constitution New Yorkers are facing an ongoing public health and economic crisis, coupled with the lack of ethical and transparent executive leadership in Albany. Now, more than ever, we are urging our state lawmakers to take a step forward and lead. “

Meanwhile, Cuomo said he would sign the bill that restricts his emergency pandemic authority.

“Today I am signing the law on emergency powers of the legislature and will implement it today with one major change,” said Cuomo.

CLOCK | Cuomo repeats that he will not resign:

Cuomo’s first accusers Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett both tweeted Saturday night after the latest victims came forward.

Yeah, I cry because I’m proud of all the women who got in touch. And those who helped us with it.

– Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 7, 2021

I am very proud of Ana Liss. She is brave and speaks for me too.

“I just wish – I wish @NYGovCuomo had taken me seriously,” she said.

It is extremely destructive that our boss, the governor of New York, treated us like this. https://t.co/SsRNg77QkB

– Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 7, 2021

Ana Liss “said she was proud of her role in the Executive Chamber but dismayed that the governor never asked her about her job and instead focused on personal questions or her looks.” https://t.co/qqJJcaqrne

– Charlotte Bennett (@_char_bennett_) March 7, 2021

Cuomo said he was never aware that Bennett was “feeling uncomfortable” when she said she made her allegations with Cuomo’s attorney.

CLOCK | Local politicians respond to allegations of sexual harassment by Cuomo

Cuomo’s senior advisor Rich Azzopardi also said that “reporters and photographers have been reporting on the governor kissing men and women and posing for pictures for 14 years.”

“There are hundreds of people at the reception of the public open house and he’s posing for hundreds of pictures,” Azzopardi said. “That’s what people do in politics.”

During a press conference on Wednesday, Cuomo stated his usual habit of “kissing, hugging, and making this gesture.”

“I understand sensitivities and behaviors have changed, and I understand,” said Cuomo. “And I’ll learn from it.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was asked on CBS ‘Face The Nation if Cuomo should resign.

“I say this is deeply troubling, deeply worrying,” he said. “Let’s hopefully run this independent investigation on an expedited basis to see what comes of it. And then and then we’ll see where we go from there.”

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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