Ana Liss: New Andrew Cuomo Accuser Gives Details Of Inappropriate Behavior

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Andrew Cuomo is facing new misconduct allegations, with former aide Ana Liss saying the New York governor acted inappropriately around her.

Liss discussed her allegations with the Wall Street Journal, sharing details of what she saw as inappropriate behavior. A number of other women have already come forward to share details of inappropriate remarks and unwanted touching and kissing from the now-embattled governor. There are now increasing calls for him to resign, though Cuomo has apologized and said he has no intention to step down.

Cuomo Facing Other Allegations

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Cuomo is already facing a number of allegations from women who have worked closely with him. As The Guardian reported, former aide Lindsey Boylan came forward in December to claim that Cuomo gave an unwanted kiss and made comments about her appearance.

Another aide, Charlotte Bennett, also came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment and claimed that he asked questions about her sex life. As the report noted, the 25-year-old Bennett said that she believed he was trying to gauge her interest in an affair. 

Cuomo Apologized, Said He Will Stay In Office

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Amid calls to resign, Cuomo issued an apology this week, saying he did not intend to make women feel uncomfortable.

"I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable," he said, via CNN. "It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly, I am embarrassed by it, and that's not easy to say but that's the truth."

Cuomo said that the state attorney general is conducting a review of the allegations, and he intends to fully cooperate and will not resign.

New Allegations Surface

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But since that apology, more allegations have surfaced against Cuomo. Liss, who served as an aide between 2013 and 2015, claimed that Cuomo called her "sweetheart" and touched her lower back, NBC New York reported. She also alleged that he gave her an unwanted kiss on the hand, and said she believed she was treated differently because she was a woman.

"Liss told the [Wall Street Journal] it was part of a pattern of behavior that she felt demeaned her achievements simply because she was a woman," the report noted.

Cuomo Pushes Back Against Allegations

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Cuomo has pushed back against the latest allegation, issuing a statement saying that this type of behavior was not outside the norm and that he was affectionate with both men and women.

"Reporters and photographers have covered the governor for 14 years watching him kiss men and women and posing for pictures. At the public open house  mansion‎ reception there are hundreds of people and he poses for hundreds of pictures. That's what people in politics do," a spokesman said in a statement published by NBC New York.