Cuomo on the Brink as 6th Woman Accuses Governor of Sexual Harassment
Alleged incident took place in Governor's mansion
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual misconduct by a sixth woman who claims he touched her without her consent inside his mansion.
The Times-Union reported:
“The alleged incident took place after the woman, a member of the governor’s Executive Chamber staff, had been summoned to the mansion to assist the governor with a work-related matter."
“The woman’s supervisors recently became aware of the allegation and alerted the governor’s counsel of it on Monday.”
Acting counsel to the governor said:
“All allegations that we learn of directly or indirectly are going promptly to the investigators appointed by the attorney general."
Cuomo claimed that, although he did touch women, it was not “inappropriate.”
“First, I’m not aware of any other claim,” he said.
“As I said last week, this is very simple: I never touched anyone inappropriately. …
"I never made any inappropriate advances."
"No one ever told me at the time that I made them feel uncomfortable.
"Obviously, there are people who said after the fact they felt uncomfortable.”
Last week, two more women stepped forward to accuse Cuomo of sexually harassing them when they worked for him.
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.
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.
Another Accuser, Charlotte Bennett, spoke out for the first time about her allegations of sexual harassment against the Democratic governor.
“I thought he’s trying to sleep with me."
"The governor is trying to sleep with me, and I am deeply uncomfortable, and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible.”
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.
Meanwhile, a total of 37 lawmakers from either the Assembly or state Senate want him to resign, and 10 have called for impeachment.