Report: Staffer Said Cuomo Groped Her In The Executive Mansion


Extra particulars have emerged concerning the newest sexual harassment allegation towards Governor Andrew Cuomo: The Albany Occasions-Union studies {that a} present feminine staffer informed a supervisor that the governor fondled her below her shirt. The incident allegedly occurred late final 12 months, when the girl was summoned to the governor’s non-public residence contained in the Government Mansion.

This accusation of inappropriate habits—the sixth prior to now few weeks—was first reported by the Occasions-Union on Tuesday. The report notes that the staffer, who’s described as being “a lot youthful than Cuomo,” revealed her expertise final week in Cuomo’s Government Chamber as his employees “watched his first information convention within the week since Lindsey Boylan revealed an internet essay detailing her personal allegations towards Cuomo.”

Within the information convention, the governor denied ever touching any girls “inappropriately.”

Listening to these remarks, the feminine aide grew to become emotional. A minimum of one feminine supervisor got here to her aide and requested her why she was upset. The feminine aide subsequently informed the supervisor what she mentioned had been inappropriate encounters with Cuomo, the supply mentioned.

“Her broader allegations embody that he steadily engaged in flirtatious habits together with her, and that it was not the one time that he had touched her,” a supply informed the Occasions-Union.

In an announcement launched on Wednesday in response to those newest allegations, Governor Cuomo mentioned, “I’ve by no means performed something like this. The main points of this report are gut-wrenching. I’m not going to talk to the specifics of this or some other allegation given the continued assessment, however I’m assured in the results of the Lawyer Common’s report.”

Throughout a press name on Tuesday, Cuomo mentioned he was “not conscious of some other claims,” and added, “That is quite simple. I by no means touched anybody inappropriately.”

Lawyer Common Letitia James is overseeing an investigation into the sexual harassment claims, and simply appointed former federal prosecutor Joon Kim and employment discrimination lawyer Anne Clark to guide the probe.

Along with the present staffer’s allegation, there are 5 different girls who’ve disclosed incidents, three of them former staff within the governor’s workplace and one from his days within the Clinton administration.

Boylan was the primary former staffer to come back ahead, claiming that the governor forcibly kissed her in his Manhattan workplace and as soon as urged they play “strip poker” when she labored for him between 2015 and 2018. One other former aide, Charlotte Bennett, claimed the governor requested her if she was open to relationship older males, urged she get her butt tattooed, and requested if she was delicate to intimacy due to a earlier sexual assault whereas she labored in his workplace final 12 months.

Two extra girls have additionally come ahead: Ana Liss, who was a fellow within the governor’s workplace between 2013 and 2015, mentioned the governor frequently kissed her on the cheek and hand, commented on her look, and touched her on the small of her again at social features. When Cuomo oversaw the U.S. Division of Housing and City Growth, Karen Hinton, his press secretary on the time, mentioned that in 2000 she was summoned to a dimly lit lodge room after a piece operate; Cuomo drew her in for a protracted, uncomfortable embrace earlier than she backed away. 

One other girl, Anna Ruch, met Cuomo in passing at a marriage in September. She says Cuomo slipped his hand down her again, grabbed her face with each palms and kissed her on the cheek towards her will. {A photograph} reveals the governor together with his palms on her face and Ruch wanting uncomfortable.

On Sunday, Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins mentioned that Cuomo ought to step down. “On daily basis there’s one other account that’s drawing away from the enterprise of presidency,” Steart-Cousins mentioned. “We have to govern with out each day distraction. For the nice of the state Governor Cuomo should resign.”

Her counterpart within the Meeting, Speaker Carl Heastie, was considerably extra guarded, and stopped in need of calling for Cuomo’s resignation. “I too share the sentiment of Senate Majority Chief Stewart-Cousins relating to the Governor’s means to proceed to guide this state,” he mentioned. “We’ve many challenges to handle, and I believe it’s time for the Governor to noticeably contemplate whether or not he can successfully meet the wants of the individuals of New York.”

The governor has mentioned he won’t resign; on March third, he informed reporters, “I used to be elected by the individuals. I am not going to resign. We’ve a teetering NYC, horrible monetary image, vaccines…so, no, I will do the job I used to be elected to do.”

Whereas there listed below are rising requires the legislature to begin impeachment hearings towards the governor, it is not clear there are sufficient votes to drive him from workplace.

Assemblymember Ron Kim of Queens tweeted, “I don’t anticipate Andrew Cuomo to have the self dignity to resign. Impeach.”

One other Assemblymember, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas said, “I’ve had sufficient. Cuomo have to be impeached.”

The governor, Meeting, and State Senate are at present negotiating a brand new price range, which is due by April 1st—a job made much more difficult due to $3 billion gaps that stay in final 12 months’s pandemic price range.