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Third woman accuses Governor Cuomo of harassment as state AG officially launches investigation

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under fire again after a third woman accused him of inappropriate behavior, this time at a wedding in 2019. Both of Cuomo's earlier accusers showed their support to the woman while many are now calling for his resignation. Jericka Duncan reports.

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ANTHONY MASON: A third woman now accuses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of harassment, adding to the claims of inappropriate behavior by the three-term Democrat. His first two accusers are former staff members. As national correspondent, Jericka Duncan, reports, the new accuser says it happened at a wedding.

JERICKA DUNCAN: Anna Ruch, told the "New York Times," she never met Governor Andrew Cuomo before this night. At a September 2019 wedding, Ruch said she was discussing the governor's toast when instantly he put his hand on her bare lower back. She removed his hand with her own. The next moment is captured here, when the governor placed his hands on her cheeks. He asked if he could kiss her, loudly enough for friends standing nearby to hear.

The now 33-year-old said she was confused, and shocked, and embarrassed. This is the third allegation of sexual harassment against Cuomo. He has not responded to the new allegation, but in a previous statement, the three-term governor said that he never inappropriately propositioned anyone, but rather his comments were attempts at being playful and apologized to anyone who misinterpreted his actions.

On Twitter, the two other accusers added their support for Ruch. Lindsey Boylan saying she feels nauseous thinking about Anna's experience and Charlotte Bennett saying his inappropriate and aggressive behavior cannot be justified or normalized. Earlier yesterday, Bennett rejected the governor's attempt to apologize, accusing him of refusing to acknowledge or take responsibility for his predatory behavior. This comes as the State Attorney General, Letitia James, announced she is officially moving forward with an independent investigation into Cuomo's alleged actions, after receiving the correct paperwork from the governor's office. Now several Democrats and advocacy groups have called for the governor to resign amid the allegations.

And that investigation will be the second one looking into Cuomo's office. This Justice Department is also probing as to whether or not the state's inaccurately reported some nursing home deaths in the state. We also learned that the governor has hired a criminal defense attorney to represent him and others in his office, and to those federal inquiries. Gayle.

GAYLE KING: All right, Jericka, thank you.