New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns on allegations of sexual harassment.

The 63-year-old politician announced on Tuesday that he would resign within the next 14 days.

Cuomo, who had also been considered a possible presidential candidate for the Democrats in the course of his career, thus drew the consequences of allegations made by several women.

In addition to the Republicans, politicians from his own party, including President Joe Biden, had previously called for his resignation.

Cuomo was also charged by an official investigation last week, but has still denied the allegations to this day.

However, he has now announced his resignation in a video.

"I love New York and I would never want to be unhelpful in any way," he said.

"And the best way I can help now is to step aside and let the government return to governance." The democratic politician had been in office since 2011.

He was only re-elected two years ago.

"Climate of Fear"

Against the allegations he defended himself.

"My lawyers have looked through the investigation report in the past few days and have already denounced numerous problems and errors." The most serious allegations were not substantiated by the report.

Politically motivated allegations and investigation report.

His lawyer Rita Glavin also denounced errors and omissions in the report for around an hour.

Cuomo also apologized to the women concerned in his statement.

“But that doesn't mean there aren't eleven women I've hurt.

And I apologize for that from the bottom of my heart. ”Cuomo had long resisted resigning and repeatedly denied the allegations.

The investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found that Cuomo had sexually molested eleven women.

Among other things, there were unwanted touches, kisses, hugs and inappropriate comments.

In addition, Cuomo created a “hostile working atmosphere” and a “climate of fear” for women.

The 168-page report states: “We note that the governor has sexually molested a number of past and current employees of the state, including inadvertently touching them, as well as making abusive, sexually suggestive comments that created a hostile working atmosphere for women. ”Attorney General James spoke of a“ disturbing behavior ”on the part of the governor.

In the corona pandemic, Cuomo had initially become the Democratic Party's bearer of hope. He presented himself as an alternative to the then Republican President Donald Trump. Almost every day he provided information about the development of the infection process in his state and the measures taken against it. The press conferences were followed live by millions of people - and the governor was even awarded an Emmy, the most important television award in the United States, for this.

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