Two More Women Accuse 'Disgusting Monster' Gov Cuomo of Sexual Harassment
Pressure mounts for New York governor to resign as victims pile up
Two more women have stepped forward to accuse New York's Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo, of sexually harassing them when they worked for him.
The latest allegations now bring the total number of alleged victims to five, with pressure on Gov. Cuomo to resign mounting.
35-year-old Ana Liss previously served as Cuomo's policy and operations aide between 2013 and 2015.
On Saturday, she told the Wall Street Journal that the governor had subjected her to unsolicited advances during her time in his administration.
Liss claims it included asking her if she had a boyfriend, kissing her on the hand, and touching her on the lower back during an event reception.
Also on Saturday, 62-year-old Karen Hinton spoke to the Washington Post about an incident in which Cuomo summoned her to his "dimly lit" hotel room where he allegedly "embraced" her after a work event in 2000.
Hinton said that she tried to pull away from Cuomo, 63, but that he pulled her back and held her before she backed away and escaped the room.
As the women came forward with their stories on Saturday, other aides spoke to both the Journal and Post about the "toxic" work environment created by Cuomo.
It included testimonies from two male aides who claimed the governor would berate them using explicit language, calling them "pussies" and saying that they "have no balls."
Liss and Hinton are the fourth and fifth women to make claims of harassment against the governor as he faces further calls to resign amid the accusations.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, revealed this week that Cuomo had questioned her about her sex life and whether she had relationships with older men.
Lindsey Boylan also revealed in a February Medium post that the governor had tried to kiss her on the lips in his office and suggested they play strip poker during a 2017 flight.
Cuomo's office has said these claims are false.
A third accuser, Anna Ruch, 33, then came forward telling the New York Times that Cuomo put his hands on her face and asked if he could kiss her after meeting her at a September 2019 wedding.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is currently overseeing an investigation into Boylan and Bennett's claims and plans to hire an outside law firm to conduct the probe.
As Liss's allegations broke on Saturday night, Cuomo's other accusers voiced their support.
Bennett tweeted the story while Boylan wrote that she is "very proud of Ana Liss" as she called on Cuomo to "resign you disgusting monster."
Resign you disgusting monster, @NYGovCuomo— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 7, 2021
"She is brave and she speaks for me too," Boylan said in a tweet.
"It's extremely destructive that our boss, the governor of New York, treated us this way."
"Thank you Karen Hinton for courageously sharing your story of how our boss, one of the most powerful men in the country, used his power to abuse you," she added when Hinton's story broke.
"I am sending you love. I am with you. We are with you."
Liss claimed that she decided to come forward after Bennett and Boylan shared their stories, stating that Cuomo's response to the allegations had been unsatisfactory.