Cuomo Urged Female Reporter to Eat Entire Sausage Sandwich in Front of Him
Video surfaces amid mounting sexual allegations against the New York governor
Mounting allegations of sexual misconduct pile onto New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a new video has surfaced showing the governor urging a female reporter to eat an entire sausage sandwich in front of him.
The governor challenged NewsChannel 9’s Beth Cefalu to eat an entire Gianelli sausage sandwich at the 2016 New York State Fair.
"I want to see you eat the whole sausage," Cuomo can be heard telling Cefalu, as his daughter Michaela sits quietly next to him.
just thinking back to that time NY Governor Andrew Cuomo hounded a local news reporter to "eat the whole sausage" pic.twitter.com/EyNxFavOyG— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) February 28, 2021
The former Cuomo aid was seen handing Cefalu a sandwich.
"I don’t know if I should eat the whole sausage in front of you, but I’m definitely going to eat it," Cefalu responds.
Cuomo then invites Cefalu to sit at his table.
Before eating, Cefalu snaps a selfie with the governor while holding up her food.
"There’s too much sausage in that picture," Cuomo says, prompting laughter from others at the table.
Cefalu told Fox News that her interaction with Cuomo that had gone viral has "nothing to do" with the harassment claims the governor has been facing and that she never felt "pressured" to eat the sandwich.
"The governor was trying to be nice and got me some food," Cefalu explained.
"It’s probably the one day of year or story of the year he and I can be a little informal, and that’s what this was nothing more. He did not pressure me - he was not hitting on me, nor did I feel harassed in anyway."
Additionally, in a statement posted on Twitter, Cefalu wrote:
"I was not pressured/harassed this is two people enjoying the one event - the NYS fair - that gives them a little more freedom to be informal."
"[It's] really sad it’s being turned into anything more."
The news comes after 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett, who worked as an executive assistant and health policy adviser for Cuomo before leaving in November, accused the Governor of sexual harassment.
Bennett alleged the sexual harassment began in the spring of 2020, the New York Times reported.
Bennett claimed Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life, whether she ever had sex with older men and if her relationships were monogamous.