Third woman accuses New York Gov Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct saying he made advances and asked ‘can I kiss you?’ at 2019 wedding after photos emerge of him getting up close and personal with his newlywed top aide during 2016 dinner
- Anna Ruch, now 33, met Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019
- She thanked him for his kind words in toasting the newlyweds
- Cuomo put his hands on her cheeks, caught on camera, and asked to kiss her
- Ruch looks shocked and distressed in the image, obtained by New York Times
- Her accusations follow those made by two other women who worked with him
- Lindsey Boylan, 36, said that he forcibly kissed her at work in 2018
- Charlotte Bennett, 25, claimed he propositioned her in his office in June
- New York state attorney general Letitia James has opened an inquiry
A third woman has come forward to accuse the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, of sexual misconduct.
Anna Ruch, now 33, told The New York Times that she met him at a wedding in September 2019.
Cuomo, now 63, had given a toast to the newlyweds, and Ruch, a former member of the Obama administration and the 2020 Biden campaign, thanked him for his words.
She claimed that he then touched her naked back, and she removed his hand.
Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has now been accused by three women
He said she was ‘aggressive’, then cupped her face in his hands and asked: ‘Can I kiss you?’
A photographer captured the moment, with Ruch looking distressed and taken aback, while Cuomo stares intently at her.
‘I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed,’ said Ruch.
‘I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment.’
Her accusations follow those made by Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, who both alleged sexual harassment.
Boylan, now 36, was working at the New York state economic development agency in 2018 when Cuomo kissed her on the mouth, she said.
He has denied the incident ever happened.
Bennett, now 25, was working within the state health department when, last June, Cuomo quizzed her intently on her relationships and whether she ever had sex with older men. She told The New York Times she felt that he was propositioning her, and was intensely uncomfortable.
She asked to be reassigned to a different job.
Cuomo has apologized to her, claiming it was intended as a lighthearted joke.
Pressure is mounting on the three-term governor, who was already under fire for his handling of a scandal involving the cover-up of data showing COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.