However, his accusers were not silent: Charlotte Bennett, a former aide who accused Mr Cuomo of sexual harassment, issued her first public statement after outlining her allegations in a New York Times article, saying that the apology and the attempt at an explanation issued by the governor on Sunday night was terribly inadequate.
“These are not the actions of someone who just feels misunderstood,” Ms. Bennett wrote. “These are the actions of a man who has the power to evade justice.”
Ms. Bennett also urged other women, if they have similar stories about Mr. Cuomo, to come forward. “If you decide to tell your truth, we will stand with you,”
At the same time, in the offices of Attorney General Leticia James, who was assessing the possibilities for an external investigator, the initial stages of the upcoming investigation into Mr Cuomo’s actions were under way.
In a statement issued Sunday night, Mr Cuomo referred to his behavior, including “some of my past interactions with people in the office”, saying that he often teased and joked with his subordinates, “to be playful” in what he calls “a very serious business. ”
That, he guessed, was misunderstood.
“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,” he said.
Ms. Bennett’s lawyer, Debra S. Katz, questioned the governor’s initial proposal, published in a statement Saturday night, that his relationship with Ms. Bennett was a mentor to his employee, nearly four decades younger than him. .