New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched an announcement responding to recent accusations of sexual harassment, admitting that he might be “playful and make jokes” at work, however reaffirmed that he had no unsuitable intentions and is sorry to anybody who “misinterpreted” his actions “as an unwanted flirtation.”

“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good natured way,” he admits within the assertion. “I do it in public and in private.”

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He continues: “You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business.”

The new assertion comes after a second former staffer got here ahead to accuse the Governor of sexual harassment within the office. Charlotte Bennett, who labored for Cuomo in 2020 detailed his misconduct in a brand new story printed on Medium, earlier this weekend.

“I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that,” Cuomo concluded.