Ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped down due to allegations of sexual harassment

Ex-New York governor Andrew Cuomo was stripped of his Emmy amid sexual harassment allegations. 

According to US media, the International Academy said that “in light of the New York attorney general’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy Award.”

“His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward,” the organization added.

The one-time Democratic Party heavyweight won the International Emmy Founders Award for his straight-talking television performances about the coronavirus in early 2020.

Cuomo’s confident performance at the beginning of the pandemic led to talk of a possible presidential run, as well as the emergence of a fanbase, some of whom dubbed themselves “Cuomosexuals”.

But this year several women came forward alleging that the 63-year-old had behaved inappropriately towards them.

The accusations culminated in an explosive report by state Attorney General Letitia James released this month that said he sexually harassed 11 women.

Cuomo strenuously denied the allegations and initially rejected calls to quit.

In a pre-recorded speech on his final day in office, Cuomo said: “There was a political and media stampede. But the truth will come out in time. Of that, I am confident.”

Past recipients of the award include Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Spielberg and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.


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