“I want to make one other point that I’ve done civil rights law and sexual harassment cases. I find it appalling for Cuomo to try to justify his deviant behavior based on his cultural heritage, based on ‘that’s the way we do things,’” said Terrell.
Terrell said Cuomo using his Italian heritage to justify his deviant behavior is an affirmative defense for indecent behavior.
“That’s an affirmative defense to allow anyone to say oh because I was raised this way, I don’t have to follow the sexual harassment laws that he incorporated, that he enacted,” 他说.
Terrell’s comments came shortly after 库莫 on Tuesday announced his resignation effective in two weeks, amid a sexual harassment probe following accusations brought by 11 women who worked for him.
“纽约强硬意味着纽约爱, 我爱纽约，我爱你,” 库莫说, “我永远不想以任何方式无益, 我认为鉴于这种情况, 我现在能提供帮助的最好方法是，如果我让位，让政府重新执政, 因此, 这就是我要做的。”
The governor started his press conference by saying he’s “深” sorry for any behavior deemed inappropriate during his time in office but denied the sexual harassment allegations contained in state Attorney General Letitia James’ 调查.
Cuomo accused state investigators of bias, 说 report accusing him of sexually harassing 11 女人 从 2013 至 2020 in violation of state and federal law is evidence of a “lack of fairness in the justice system.”
Terrell had a stern message about the governor’s attempt to justify “deviant” 行为.
“I want to make sure everybody understands this. Don’t use some type of private or personal trait or characteristic you have to ignore sexual harassment laws. I just found that offensive as a civil rights attorney.”