A third woman in less than one week has come forward Monday evening to accuse scandal-plagued New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate sexual behavior, saying he grabbed and kissed her at a 2019 wedding
Anna Ruch told the New York Times that Cuomo during the wedding reception was making unwanted advances toward her and planted an unsolicited kiss on her cheek.
“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?'” Ruch said, according to The Times. “I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed.”
The allegation comes after two former state staffers accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. However, unlike the two former aides, Ruch is a former member of the Obama administration and the 2020 Biden campaign.
Ruch recalled how she met the governor in September 2019 at the crowded wedding reception, saying within moments of being introduced, Cuomo put his hand on her exposed lower back since she was wearing an open-back dress.
“I promptly removed his hand with my hand, which I would have thought was a clear enough indicator that I was not wanting him to touch me,” Ruch said.
However, Cuomo didn’t get the hint and notice that Ruch seemed “aggressive,” prompting him to place his hands on her cheeks and allegedly asked if he could kiss her. The governor said it so loudly that Ruch’s friend to be able to hear Cuomo’s request for a kiss. She went on telling the publication that she was so shocked as she was pulling away and had to ask her friend if Cuomo’s lips had actually touched her face. Ruch was told by her friend that the governor kissed her cheek.
“I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment,” Ruch said.
On Sunday, Cuomo said that he was “truly sorry” and acknowledged he “insensitive” in response to sexual harassment claims leveled against him.