Late-night TV hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah hit out at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Tuesday night, blasting him for the emergence of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
What's a brief history here?
The remarks came as a third woman on Monday accused the embattled Democrat of sexual harassment, insisting that he made unwanted advances toward her during a 2019 wedding.
Anna Ruch — a former Obama administration employee and Biden 2020 campaign staffer — also provided a photo of the alleged encounter and said that during the wedding, Cuomo placed his hand on the small of her bare back, which was exposed due to the dress she was wearing.
A report from the New York Times noted, "When she removed his hand with her own, Ms. Ruch recalled, the governor remarked that she seemed 'aggressive' and placed his hands on her cheeks. He asked if he could kiss her, loudly enough for a friend standing nearby to hear. Ms. Ruch was bewildered by the entreaty, she said, and pulled away as the governor drew closer."
"I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed," Ruch said. "I turned my head away and didn't have words in that moment."
What did Kimmel say?
During Tuesday night's broadcast of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" the eponymous show's host addressed the new accusations and said, "The craziest part is there's a photo of it. Very rarely does a wedding photographer capture anything interesting at all, but this one did."
"In the span of one month, Andrew Cuomo has somehow done the impossible: He made Bill de Blasio the second most-hated politician in new York," he added.
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What did Noah say?
For his part, Noah said that Cuomo fell in one of two camps: willfully ignorant or stupid.
"Sweet Jesus, man, what are you doing?" he asked. "I mean, on the one hand, asking a woman for consent before you kiss them is what you're supposed to do. But the other part of consent is waiting for them to answer. You don't just grab them by the face like a bear yanking on a beehive."
He added, "And it's not like this happened in 1992, and he could be like, 'Well, this was a different time.' This was in 2019. If you're a public official doing this kind of thing after the #MeToo movement, either you just can't help yourself, or you're so dumb you shouldn't be in office anyway."
Noah concluded, "So in light of these allegations, Cuomo is now facing even more calls to resign. Although, if these allegations prove anything, it's that Cuomo doesn't go away when you want him to."
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What else is there to know?
Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo administration aide, came forward in February and accused the New York governor of sexual impropriety, including allegations of inappropriate physical touching, a non-consensual kiss on the lips, and more.
Last week, Charlotte Bennett — another former Cuomo aide — said that the Democratic lawmaker peppered her with wildly inappropriate questions about her personal sex life and more.
Cuomo said of the sexual harassment allegations, "I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends."
"At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good natured way. I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business," he added.
"I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended," his statement continued. "I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that."
He also insisted that he "never inappropriately touched anybody" and "never propositioned anybody" and "never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable."