Video of then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo testifying in theclaims against him shows , conceited and often defiant chief executive — who at one point smirks when his a state Department of Health official is mentioned to him.
During more thanreleased Monday, Cuomo was apparently amused by an investigator quoting his own lecherous comment from a transcript of what he said to a PPE-clad as she administered a COVID-19 test during a live, May 2020 press conference.
“You say, ‘You make that gown look good,” says Joon Kim, a former federal prosecutor hired by state Attorney General Letitia James to handle the probe, as Cuomo, while looking down at papers, starts to smile.
During the July 17 interview with investigators, Cuomo then claims not to remember the nationally televised, the former medical director of the state DOH’s office of epidemiology who was one detailed in AG Letitia James’ investigation.
After momentarily assuming a poker face, Cuomo reverted to a half-mouthed smirk.
At the end of the taped interview — during which Cuomo alternated between boredom, self-satisfaction and dismissiveness — he attempted to provide his own comedic input, joking that testifying all day had not been a fun experience.
“I would like to say it was a pleasure, Mr. Kim, but I’m under oath,” Cuomo said while letting out a belly laugh.
Cuomo — wearing a navy suit and light blue tie while chewing gum and sipping on Dunkin Donuts during his questioning — also grinned as he combativelywith Kim when he asked if he dated ex-actor Lisa Shields, whose appearance he allegedly compared to that of first sexual harassment accuser Lindsey Boylan.
“Nowadays, Mr. Kim, I believe you have to be very careful about how you define what term,” said Cuomo with a wry smile. “‘Girlfriend;” could mean this: I — she is a woman who was a friend who I did see romantically for a period of time.”
Cuomo was also forced to answer uncomfortable questions, which he answered with more staid expressions.
Asked if he has ever kissed any men on the lips, Cuomo pauses for a few seconds, before deadpanning “not purposefully.”
“I kiss them on the cheek, often,” Cuomo added.
“I may have kissed a man on the lips,”
“Who?” Kim asked
“I don’t know,” Cuomo answered.
“I’m not going to say I’ve never kissed a man on the lips,” he said flatly at the conclusion of the discussion of the topic.
When asked about the photo of himwithout her consent, Cuomo was dismissive, claiming he’s touched people of all ages and genders “hundreds of times.”
“By the way, this gesture of the touching of the face, I do this hundreds of times,” he insisted plainly. “Younger children, old men, transgender people, the touching of the face I do very often.”
On the topic of a woman event organizer whoduring a September 2019 Hudson River revitalization event, Cuomo claimed he had “no recollection” of the incident.
“I have no recollection of touching a woman on her butt. May it have happened accidentally? Incidentally? Yes. But I don’t have any recollection of purposefully touching a woman on the butt. May I have given a man a pat on the butt? I don’t remember that either, but that may have happened.”
But despite being forced to explain aof inappropriate touching and comments to women staffers, Cuomo expressed unequivocally that he feels no remorse for his behavior.
“I don’t have regrets. Look, if you could always state everything over, I’m sure I would state things — if I could restate everything I’ve ever said to a woman or a man, I’d say it differently,” he said. “But generally, no.”
He also responded “No,” when Kim asked “regrets generally or specifically about the language you have used.”
Asafter and political , less than a month after the marathon interview.
The newly released cache of documents and videos has, CNN host Chris Cuomo, in hot water, as it revealed he was extensively involved in the former governor’s team’s public relations defense to the scandal, despite in it.
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