Facebook Executive Helped Cuomo Smear Sexual Assault Accuser: Report
Former Cuomo staffer left to become Facebook communications manager
A Facebook communications manager allegedly helped embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo smear his sexual assault accuser, according to an investigation by the New York attorney general’s office.
A communications manager for the social media giant worked with Cuomo to push back against sexual misconduct allegations, according to The New York Post.
Facebook communications manager Dani Lever, who was previously working for Cuomo's press department, played a significant role in containing allegations against the NY Governor, the New York attorney general’s office revealed.
Lever left to work at Facebook after working for Cuomo since 2014, taking the communications manager role.
Former Cuomo staffer Lindsey Boylan accused the governor of sexual harassment in December 2020 before more accusers came forward.
Cuomo’s communications director Rich Azzopardi sent Boylan’s personnel file to multiple journalists not long after allegations surfaced.
Azzopardi’s decision to send the confidential files was a ploy to “discredit and disparage” her, investigators claim.
Lever aided Cuomo’s staffers in sharing the files, despite working at Facebook at the time.
The report from the attorney general states:
“Ms. Lever coordinated with some of the reporters who received the documents to let them know that the Executive Chamber would be sending them.”
Lever worked to defend the New York Governor as part of a “team of advisors from within and outside the Chamber [who] had ongoing and regular discussions about how to respond to the allegations publicly,” which also included CNN host Chris Cuomo.
Not long after Boylan accused Cuomo, the team then worked on drafting a letter that included complaints made against Boylan contained within her personal files.
The AG report said the letter “impugned her credibility."
The letter also implies the accusers were colluding with supporters of President Trump to unseat Cuomo.
A version of the letter was sent by a Cuomo aide named Melissa DeRosa to multiple people to sign it.
Lever said the letter came across as “victim shaming" and refused to sign it.
Lever did support Cuomo signing a different statement that disputed Boylan’s accusations that he suggested they play “strip poker."
In a joint statement with former and current aides John Maggiore, Howard Zemsky, and Abbey Fashouer Collins, Levy said:
“We were on each of these October flights, and this conversation did not happen.”
AG investigators noted that associates worked to protect Andrew Cuomo:
“None of them was officially retained in any capacity by the Executive Chamber or any of the individuals involved. Nonetheless, they were regularly provided with confidential and often privileged information about state operations and helped make decisions that impacted State business and employees — all without any formal role, duty, or obligation to the State.”
Lever said she could not discuss the situation as she had to attend a meeting, The New York Post reported.