comScore Andrew Cuomo Responds to New Harassment Allegations

Cuomo Denies Allegation from Former Aide Karen Hinton: ‘She Has Been a Longtime Political Adversary’

Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the latest sexual misconduct allegations against him after announcing his refusal to resign despite the scandals shrouding him.

In a Sunday phone-in press conference, Cuomo faced numerous questions over the harassment allegations raised against him. Cuomo was accused by 3 women of inappropriate conduct last week, and a reporter asked for his response to the claims against him by 2 new former aides: Ana Liss and Karen Hinton.

Cuomo began by referring to the accusations as a “distraction” until the attorney general’s investigation into his conduct is complete. When he got to the charges themselves, Cuomo responded, “What she said is not true.”

“She has been a longtime political adversary of mine,” Cuomo said. “Highly critical for many, many years and has many, many accusations.”

On the accusations from Liss, Cuomo said his statements toward her — including questions about her dating life — were “my way of doing friendly banter.”

“I never meant to make anyone feel unwelcome in any way,” he said. “I know if customs change, then I’ll change the customs and the behaviors, but I never meant to feel make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

The press conference went on with Cuomo being asked if he was saying his sexual harassment accusers were “lying.”

Watch above, via NY1.

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