New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo side-stepped a female reporter’s question about sexual harassment within his administration Wednesday, and said she was doing a “disservice to women” by bringing it up.
Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio Capitol bureau chief, brought up harassment allegations made against former Cuomo aide Sam Hoyt and asked the governor what he would do differently to help prevent similar misconduct in the future, USA Today reports.
Cuomo immediately became defensive and flipped the script on DeWitt, asking her what she was going to do to limit sexual harassment in journalism.
“Well look you have it going on in journalism. What are you going to do differently,” he said. “I think you miss the point. When you say, ‘It’s state government,’ you do a disservice to women, with all due respect, even though you’re a woman. It’s not government. It’s society. It was Harvey Weinstein in the arts industry. It’s comedians. It’s politicians. It’s chefs, right? It’s systemic.”
Cuomo had accepted over $100,000 from Harvey Weinstein in campaign donations, but announced he would be donating the money to charity after news of the scandal broke.
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