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‘Can I Kiss You?’: Third Woman Accuses Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

‘Can I Kiss You?’: Third Woman Accuses Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY): “The time has come. The Governor must resign.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHuvrT-fNoQ

Anna Ruch told The New York Times that Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked if he could kiss her at a wedding in 2019.

Before I continue I must ask you to please remember those who died in nursing homes due to Cuomo’s COVID-19 order last March.

Look at Ruch’s face in this picture.

From The New York Times:

For Ms. Ruch, the circumstances were different, her exchange with the governor taking place at a well-attended celebration far from any official setting. In fact, the episode’s highly visible nature made it all the more jarring, she suggested. She recalled Mr. Cuomo moving his hand to the small of her back — exposed in an open-back dress — within moments of their being introduced and shaking hands at the reception.

Ms. Ruch said that touch, on her bare skin, discomfited her. “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,” she said.

Instead, Ms. Ruch said, Mr. Cuomo called her “aggressive” and placed his hands on her cheeks.

“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Ms. Ruch said. “I felt so uncomfortable and embarrassed when really he is the one who should have been embarrassed.” (A friend captured the exchange in a series of photographs taken on Ms. Ruch’s cellphone.)

Shaken, Ms. Ruch said, she later had to ask a friend if Mr. Cuomo’s lips had made contact with her face as she pulled away. The governor had kissed her cheek, she was told.

“It’s the act of impunity that strikes me,” Ms. Ruch said. “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. And even with what I could do, removing his hand from my lower back, even doing that was not clear enough.”

Ruch posed with Cuomo for a picture, but her friend asked her if she was okay:

“It was when my friend looked at me and said, ‘Are you OK?’ with such genuine concern in her face that I realized how obviously inappropriate it was,” Ms. Ruch said, “not only to me but to those around me as well.”

In a text message a day or so later, Ms. Ruch wrote to the friend, “I’m so pissed,” referring to the governor as “this guy,” with an epithet in that description.

After collecting herself later that night, Ms. Ruch said, she had hoped to speak with the governor before he left the reception and confront him about his behavior.

But by then, she said, she could not find him.

“I would have rather just said it that night,” she said. “I wanted to say, ‘That wasn’t OK.’”

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) is the first Democrat from the New York delegation to demand Cuomo’s resignation. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) agreed with Rice.

Ruch is the third woman to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment in the past week. Two former aides accused him of sexual harassment: Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan. Investigative journalist Lindsay Nielsen also described intimidation efforts by Cuomo’s administration.

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Comments

Bucky Barkingham | March 2, 2021 at 7:21 am

What is the #MeToo critical mass to force CoMo to accept the inevitable and resign? Next up – Gloria Allred with a bevy of sexual harassment claimants.

Say the name: Ashli Babbitt!

The Friendly Grizzly | March 2, 2021 at 7:43 am

I despise Cuomo as much as anyone, but, these accusations are just too perfect. Too well-timed. Too pat. Why am I suspecting it’s all nonsense?

    Morning Sunshine in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | March 2, 2021 at 8:07 am

    not nonsense… it happened, and everyone knew what kind of slime he was. But it didn’t matter until now, because he is now a liability to the PTB, the elites.
    Exactly WHY he is now a liability – I can only guess it was the nursing homes, but there may be something else they do not want revealed and thus – it is imperative that they get rid of him. And Me Too is an easy way to do it.

    Mike Pence looks smarter and smarter. Not only did he avoid false accusations, he also created the kind of atmosphere where everyone knows he would not act like Cuomo, and thus there is no sword waiting to fall upon him.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | March 2, 2021 at 8:47 am

    How many more chose to remain silent?

    It’s obvious he has outlived his usefulness and must be replaced with someone worse……….

      UJ in reply to exfed. | March 2, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Bingo.

      And we know who (a communist psycho) – we just don’t know the name.

      Cuomo’s mass killings is what did him in. The left knows he’s no longer a viable national candidate, and one who is sucking up too much air.

      The reason the left didnt villify him ovee the mass killings is: they want them as a future tool, accepted by the party.

      Wake up, everyone: they’re really gunning for us.

    henrybowman in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | March 2, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    The left has a limited menu of vilifications: white nationalist, domestic terrorist, racist, sexist. They can’t very well throw the first two at their own guy, so the last two are left. I guess they couldn’t find him doing anything racist.

Connivin Caniff | March 2, 2021 at 8:07 am

Surely now it is time to reconsider the curious case of William Jefferson Clinton. And the “Lion of the Senate” Ted Kennedy. LBJ JFK. Hunter B. Hey, Joe B.! Etc. Etc.

JusticeDelivered | March 2, 2021 at 8:51 am

One thing is certain, Cuomo’s arrogance caused a lot of elderly people to die.

And pictures!

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

Andrew, at least Eliot Spitzer kept it classy with $1,000 an hour hookers. C’mon, Man!

Are we still pretending these accusations rise to the level of harassment?

    It doesn’t matter what we say. We’re not their base.

    But every man in the US is vulnerable to this kind of witch hunt.

    How biden – who repeatedly molested children on live tv – gets a pass shows how low the bar has fallen.

    And we thought obama was the bittom of the barrel?

How many men here have had strangers or bosses who are powerful – or even ordinary – middle aged or senior women come up to them and touch their bare back (could happen at a pool) or kiss them on the cheek or play with their hair in a public space? Let me know how you like it when it happens to you….

P.S. it’s well known that men touch their penises when they use the restroom and have a very high statistical chance of NOT washing their hands. Just that fact is ewwwww!

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Egghead. | March 2, 2021 at 10:56 am

    “Let me know how you like it when it happens to you….”

    Never for me. I generally have a look that tells people to stay the Hell away from me. People socially distanced themselves from me even before it was cool. I gladly returned the favor.

Oh and let me just add: How would you feel if Cuomo came up to you – yes you – and grabbed your face and kissed you on the cheek? Why is any random woman supposed to ‘like’ it any more than you would as a random man?

    healthguyfsu in reply to Egghead. | March 2, 2021 at 11:10 am

    It’s normal in Europe

    Anyways, I just said that because you seem to be up in the feels right now.

Brave Sir Robbin: Thanks, but look or no look doesn’t matter for girls and women because men sometimes walk up behind them and touch their bodies or hair from behind or overhead (if the girls or women are seated).

My trouble is that this guy can kill 15000+ people and not face any consequences BUT must resign because of sexual assault complaints?

I’m mean fuck that guy for being a fuckiny typical Democrat sleaze bag BUT he’s not faced any consequences for his policies which lead to, probably, in excess of 20k elderly dying in NY!

Hi healthguyfsu: Have you actually lived in or visited Europe – and personally experienced this – or are you just repeating what you have heard somewhere? Be honest.

I lived in Europe for three years as a teen and NO senior citizen male strangers grabbed my face and kissed my cheek. One young teen my age who was NOT a native European did walk by me in a public museum in Italy and quickly cupped his hand over my breast and then bottom. I told my father who confronted the teen boy (despite a language barrier) who denied doing it – but he had.

I’d like to say here also that I am very disturbed by how some men use particularly foul language to describe Kamala Harris. It is MEN who have preferentially hired, promoted, and overly compensated young beautiful but often unsuitable, unqualified, and poorly performing women for various business, political, educational and/or managerial positions. Meanwhile, other women have had to watch and deal with these BAD employment choices made by MEN and then get REAMED by false association as MEN then trash women workers as a group.

You can make your point about Kamala Harris’ qualifications, policies, etc., without utterly offending female readers. Blah blah blah first amendment, but if you seek female readers and allies, tone it down on the vile language referring to Kamala Harris and other women.

    mailman in reply to Egghead. | March 2, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Do fuck off! Funny how little fucks like you stayed quiet these last 4 years while the left hurled never ending abuse at Mrs Trump. But oh no’s…don’t say mean things about Kamaltoe Harris, best head in town ?

    So fuck your empty words egg.

Hit a nerve, did I? Actually, mailman, I hated it when predominantly MEN also abused Melania Trump, and I did NOT visit websites that used the kind of language that you are using about me (and Kamala). Your comment in itself is abusive. You ARE the SAME as abusive Democrats – just switch out the women to be maligned but STILL malign the women in a highly sexualized way.

    Barry in reply to Egghead. | March 2, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Oh buzz off you dingbat.

    No one but the progs support men mistreating or sexually abusing women, and all but a few that post here are anti-prog.

    As for the whore, Kamala, it’s well known that she has only one useful talent.

Barry: You are in total denial. The problem is bipartisan. Both/all sides do naughty things of a wide variety that are compiled in blackmail folders. Obamacare, anyone? Let’s ask the SC….

Soooo, I thought of another way to explain it: Now that mailman knows I’m a woman, he feels free to call me a ‘little fuck’. Now that Barry knows I’m a woman, he feels free to call me a ‘dingbat’.

When is the last time that these two men called anyone else here (who are mainly male commenters) with whom they disagreed a ‘little fuck’ or ‘dingbat’?

    Barry in reply to Egghead. | March 3, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Soooo, I thought of another way to insult you, dingbat –

    I have no idea what your sex is. I don’t care what your sex is. Perhaps you are an insane male that believes he is female. I don’t care.

    You babble like a dingbat, you’re a dingbat.

    Barry in reply to Egghead. | March 3, 2021 at 11:48 am

    And for the record, dingbat, there are lots of actual female commenters at LI.

    Like you would know who is what sex…

barbiegirl ny | March 3, 2021 at 9:15 am

Look, in governor Gosnell-Kevorkian’s defense, he had to force himself on women–the only way he could get near one with 20/20 vision.

Dingbat:
“P.S. it’s well known that men touch their penises when they use the restroom and have a very high statistical chance of NOT washing their hands. Just that fact is ewwwww!”

And you know this, how? Do you have penis envy?

Dingbat:
“How would you feel if Cuomo came up to you – yes you – and grabbed your face and kissed you on the cheek?”

At a minimum I’d break his nose and double him over in pain from his male parts. What would you do?

Dingbat:
“You can make your point about Kamala Harris’ qualifications, policies, etc., without utterly offending female readers.”

I have not offended any female readers. They know what her qualifications are. You’re not a female.

Why are you here? Are you paid by the kookie commie cabal?

barbiegirl ny: Cuomo was married to the lovely Kerry Kennedy (1990-2005) and also dated and lived with the beautiful Sandra Lee (2005-2019) for many years. Harvey Weinstein also had two gorgeous wives (in a row).

Sexual harassment is about power.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2021/03/01/gov-cuomo-ex-sandra-lee-reacts-to-sexual-harassment-claims/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vogue.com/article/georgina-chapman-life-after-harvey-weinstein/amp

I find it very interesting that one of my comments is shadow banned. It shows up when I log in but not in the public space.

Shadowbanned comment:

barbiegirl ny: Cuomo was married to the lovely Kerry Kennedy (1990-2005) and also dated and lived with the beautiful Sandra Lee (2005-2019) for many years. Harvey Weinstein also had two gorgeous wives (in a row).

Sexual harassment is about power.

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