Another woman has come forward accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of sexual misconduct. She claiming that he kissed her on both cheeks “aggressively and in a sexual manner” while he came to tour her home after a flood in 2017.
In response to the ninth accusation against Cuomo, his attorney said that “the Governor has greeted both men and women with hugs, a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand for the past forty years.”
The victim, Sherry Vill, 55, held a Zoom press conference with her high profile attorney, Gloria Allred, during which she claimed that Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed it without her consent at her home in Greece, New York while looking at flood damage in her home.
“He leaned down over me and kissed my cheek,” Vill said. “I was holding my small dog in my arms and I thought he was going to pet my dog. But instead he went to squeeze between the dog and mine and kiss me on the other cheek in what I felt was a highly sexual manner.”
Vill said that Cuomo explained at the time, “That’s what Italians do, kiss both cheeks.”
“I felt shocked and didn’t understand what had just happened,” Vill said. “But I knew I felt embarrassed and weird about his kissing me. I am Italian, and in my family, family members kiss. Strangers do not kiss, especially upon meeting someone for the first time.”
“I know the difference between an innocent gesture and a sexual one. I never felt as uncomfortable as I did the day that Gov. Cuomo came to my home. His actions were very overly sexual, highly inappropriate and disrespectful to me and my family,” the married mother-of-three added.
Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, issued the following statement in response to the new allegations:
During times of crisis, the Governor has frequently sought to comfort New Yorkers with hugs and kisses. As I have said before, the Governor has greeted both men and women with hugs, a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand for the past forty years. I encourage everyone to look at other photographs from his visit in Greece, NY that day.
The Washington Examiner posted a comparison of two photos, one showing Cuomo kissing Vill and one showing Cuomo kissing another unidentified person during the same trip.
Cuomo has been hit with several sexual misconduct claims recently. The New York attorney general’s office is investigating all claims.