See, I kiss and touch everyone! Cuomo shows gallery of him kissing 'men, women, old and young, straight and LGBTQ' including Clinton, Obama, Biden and Harris to prove he didn't sexually harass 11 women

 Andrew Cuomo unveiled a photo montage on Tuesday showing him hugging and kissing numerous public figures including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Al Sharpton - which the New York governor says is proof that he didn’t sexually harass women.

'I've been making the same public gesture all my life. I actually learnt it from my mother and my father,' a defiant Cuomo said on Tuesday, referring to the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo and his widow, Matilda Cuomo.

Andrew Cuomo said that while he ‘accepts responsibility,’ he made no hint of planning to resign, as is being demanded by top Democratic Party leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

State Attorney General Letitia James announced the findings of her investigation into claims Cuomo harassed more than 10 women.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday refused to resign after a damning report by the State Attorney General's Office accused him of sexually harassing multiple women

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday refused to resign after a damning report by the State Attorney General's Office accused him of sexually harassing multiple women

Cuomo unveiled a photo montage on Tuesday showing him hugging and kissing numerous public figures including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Al Sharpton

Cuomo unveiled a photo montage on Tuesday showing him hugging and kissing numerous public figures including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Al Sharpton

The montage shows the governor hugging, kissing, and greeting powerful people and constituents. Cuomo says these 'everyday interactions' are how he is accustomed to behaving and that there was no malicious intent
The montage shows the governor hugging, kissing, and greeting powerful people and constituents. Cuomo says these 'everyday interactions' are how he is accustomed to behaving and that there was no malicious intent

The montage shows the governor hugging, kissing, and greeting powerful people and constituents. Cuomo says these 'everyday interactions' are how he is accustomed to behaving and that there was no malicious intent

The probe found that the Democratic governor sexually harassed multiple women in and out of state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers.

The finding quickly renewed calls for the Democrat's resignation or impeachment.

Cuomo remained defiant on Tuesday following the investigation's findings, saying that ‘the facts are much different than what has been portrayed’ and appearing to reject calls to resign.


The nearly five-month investigation found that Cuomo's administration was a ‘hostile work environment’ and was ‘rife with fear and intimidation.’

The probe, conducted by two outside lawyers, involved interviews with 179 people including Cuomo's accusers, current and former administration employees and the governor himself.

In response to James’ news conference, Cuomo released a videotaped statement in which he denied the allegations.

The governor specifically mentioned the allegations brought forward by Anna Ruch.

Ruch was a guest at a wedding, as was the governor, in 2019 when she says he put his hands on a section of her back that was exposed by a cut-out in her dress.


The governor on Tuesday specifically mentioned the allegations brought forward by Anna Ruch. Anna Ruch, now 33, met Andrew Cuomo at her friends' wedding in September 2019. He was photographed cupping her face

The governor on Tuesday specifically mentioned the allegations brought forward by Anna Ruch. Anna Ruch, now 33, met Andrew Cuomo at her friends' wedding in September 2019. He was photographed cupping her face

Cuomo said on Tuesday that grabbing a person's face and kissing them was a gesture he learned from his parents. The governor is seen above with his mother, Matilda Cuomo

Cuomo said on Tuesday that grabbing a person's face and kissing them was a gesture he learned from his parents. The governor is seen above with his mother, Matilda Cuomo

Cuomo's montage also included a photo of him with his late father, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

Cuomo's montage also included a photo of him with his late father, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

She grabbed his wrist to move it away and he responded by saying 'wow, you're aggressive,' according to the report.

Cuomo then grabbed her face with both of his hands and said 'can I kiss you?'

He was pictured kissing her cheek.

Ruch, 33, told The New York Times earlier this year that she met Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019.

The governor, 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.

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.' 


Cuomo, who served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration, is seen above planting a kiss on the cheek of former Vice President Al Gore

Cuomo, who served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration, is seen above planting a kiss on the cheek of former Vice President Al Gore

‘It is meant to convey warmth, nothing more,’ Cuomo says of the touching and kissing

‘It is meant to convey warmth, nothing more,’ Cuomo says of the touching and kissing

‘Indeed, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of me using the exact same gesture,' the governor said

‘Indeed, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of me using the exact same gesture,' the governor said

Several more images flash on the screen of Cuomo touching and greeting constituents, like the one above

Several more images flash on the screen of Cuomo touching and greeting constituents, like the one above

‘I do it with everyone - black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ,’ the governor said

‘I do it with everyone - black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ,’ the governor said

The photo montage included an image of the governor getting close to the Reverend Al Sharpton

The photo montage included an image of the governor getting close to the Reverend Al Sharpton

She told The New York Times: 'It's the act of impunity that strikes me.

'I didn't have a choice in that matter. I didn't have a choice in his physical dominance over me at that moment. And that's what infuriates me.'

After the encounter, Ruch said her friend 'looked at me and said, “Are you OK?” with such genuine concern in her face that I realized how obviously inappropriate it was.'

Later, she tried to find the governor at the reception to give him a piece of her mind but couldn't track him down.

'I would have rather just said it that night,' Ruch said.

'I wanted to say, “That wasn't OK”.’

She added: 'I felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed when really he is the one who should have been embarrassed.'

Cuomo is seen above touching the chin of a war veteran during a public appearance

Cuomo is seen above touching the chin of a war veteran during a public appearance

‘I do kiss people on the cheek,’ Cuomo said. The clip then cuts to more photos of Cuomo kissing well-known figures on the cheek

‘I do kiss people on the cheek,’ Cuomo said. The clip then cuts to more photos of Cuomo kissing well-known figures on the cheek

Cuomo's montage included another image of him planting a kiss on his mother's forehead

Cuomo's montage included another image of him planting a kiss on his mother's forehead

The image above shows the governor playfully grasping the chin of an unidentified person

The image above shows the governor playfully grasping the chin of an unidentified person

The image above shows Cuomo greeting actor Robert DeNiro

The image above shows Cuomo greeting actor Robert DeNiro

Cuomo showed another image of him planting a kiss on the cheek of a woman during a public appearance

Cuomo showed another image of him planting a kiss on the cheek of a woman during a public appearance


Ruch told The New York Post that the photo of Cuomo clutching her face speaks for itself.

'The photo pretty much sums it up. Gross. What the f–k?,' she said, adding: 'Every woman has to go through this in the 21st century.'

Cuomo on Tuesday blasted The New York Times for running a photo of the kiss on the front page.

‘That is not front page news,’ Cuomo says.

The video then cuts to old photographs of Cuomo being kissed and touched by his parents as the governor narrates.

‘It is meant to convey warmth, nothing more,’ Cuomo says of the touching and kissing.

‘Indeed, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of me using the exact same gesture.’

Several more images flash on the screen of Cuomo touching and greeting constituents.

‘I do it with everyone - black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ,’ the governor says.

Cuomo then shows photos of him greeting ‘powerful people’ including former President Bill Clinton, the late Congressman Charlie Rangel, former Vice President Al Gore, actor Robert DeNiro, and others.

The governor says he uses the gesture with ‘friends, strangers, [and] people who I meet on the street.’

Cuomo then noted that Ruch told the press that she ‘took offense at the gesture.’

‘And for that, I apologize,’ the governor said.

Cuomo then alluded to another allegation from a different woman who claimed the governor ‘kissed her on the forehead’ and said ‘Ciao, bella.’

Translated from the Italian, ‘Ciao, bella’ means ‘Hello, beautiful.’

‘I don’t remember doing it, but I’m sure that I did,’ the governor said, adding: ‘I do kiss people on the forehead.’

‘I do kiss people on the cheek,’ Cuomo said. The clip then cuts to more photos of Cuomo kissing well-known figures on the cheek.

The governor is seen with his mother, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other constituents and supporters.

‘I do kiss people on the hand, I do embrace people, I do hug people,’ Cuomo said.

Cuomo included a photo above showing the governor grabbing a young boy's face

Cuomo included a photo above showing the governor grabbing a young boy's face

James, the attorney general, is seen far left in a photo showing Cuomo being kissed on the cheek by an unidentified man

James, the attorney general, is seen far left in a photo showing Cuomo being kissed on the cheek by an unidentified man

Cuomo greets a Jewish man during a public appearance in the above undated file photo

Cuomo greets a Jewish man during a public appearance in the above undated file photo

The governor is seen above comforting a woman in the above undated file photo

The governor is seen above comforting a woman in the above undated file photo

Cuomo is seen above embracing a man at a church in the above undated file photo

Cuomo is seen above embracing a man at a church in the above undated file photo

Cuomo is seen above hugging and kissing a woman during a public appearance

Cuomo is seen above hugging and kissing a woman during a public appearance

Cuomo cups the hand of a young girl during a public appearance in the above undated file photo

Cuomo cups the hand of a young girl during a public appearance in the above undated file photo

‘I do kiss people on the hand, I do embrace people, I do hug people,’ Cuomo said

‘I do kiss people on the hand, I do embrace people, I do hug people,’ Cuomo said

The image above shows Cuomo playfully kissing and grabbing the neck of an unidentified person

The image above shows Cuomo playfully kissing and grabbing the neck of an unidentified person

‘I now understand that there are generational or cultural perspectives that, frankly, I hadn’t fully appreciated, and I have learned from this,' Cuomo (seen above kissing a woman's hand) said

‘I now understand that there are generational or cultural perspectives that, frankly, I hadn’t fully appreciated, and I have learned from this,' Cuomo (seen above kissing a woman's hand) said

Cuomo said that he and his team would undergo training on new ‘sexual harassment policies and procedures’ to prevent the sort of misunderstandings that he claims arose from these encounters with women

Cuomo said that he and his team would undergo training on new ‘sexual harassment policies and procedures’ to prevent the sort of misunderstandings that he claims arose from these encounters with women

‘I do on occasion say “Ciao, bella”.’

Cuomo added: ‘On occasion, I do slip and say “Sweetheart”.’

‘I am the same person in public as I am in private,’ the governor said.

‘I try to put people at ease,’ Cuomo continued. ‘I try to make them smile and I try to connect with them.

‘I now understand that there are generational or cultural perspectives that, frankly, I hadn’t fully appreciated, and I have learned from this.’

Cuomo said that he and his team would undergo training on new ‘sexual harassment policies and procedures’ to prevent the sort of misunderstandings that he claims arose from these encounters with women.

‘I accept responsibility and we are making changes,’ the governor said.    

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