The woman, whose name has not been made public, claims Cuomo “inappropriately touched her” in the governor’s mansion, where she had been sent to do some work for him late at night.
The governor’s reported encounter with this latest sexual harassment accuser happened at the end of last year, though Cuomo’s office claimed he was only notified on Monday by an official close to the matter.
Last week, Cuomo submitted a referral letter to state Attorney General Letitia James, green-lighting the probes into his alleged sexual harassment and efforts to cover up thousands of nursing home deaths by Covid-19.
Cuomo attempted to wriggle out from under the investigation by pleading with James to appoint his own judicial cronies, though he was not successful.
His initial attempts to have ‘friendly’ judges and prosecutors put in charge of the proceedings were rejected, twice, as he tried to convince James to proceed with clear conflicts of interest regarding state politics.
Some of the most powerful members of both political parties – including State Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins (D) and Assemblyman Carl Heastie (D) – have urged Cuomo to resign in the last few weeks so as not to take away attention from the Covid-19 pandemic and reopening the economy.
Nevertheless, Cuomo’s general counsel Kumiki Gibson has abandoned his sinking ship. She will be replaced by Beth Garvey, who has already been “handling” the sexual harassment cases against the governor.
Among the other women who have accused Cuomo of inappropriate comments and touching are Lindsey Boylan, who detailed how Cuomo creepily asked her to play strip poker on a private plane and kissed her without her permission. She was the first woman to come forward with her story of harassment by the New York governor, and observed that Cuomo’s bullying nature had likely kept numerous other victims out of the spotlight.
Over the weekend, Charlotte Bennett spoke out about Cuomo having asked her whether she’d dated older men and “implying” to her that she was “old enough for him” and that “he was lonely.” Cuomo himself has dismissed all the allegations thus far as “things I have said be[ing] interpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”
Andrew Cuomo’s Sexual Harassment Accusers
The controversy was sparked by former aide Lindsey Boylan, 36, who accused Cuomo, 63, of sexual harassment after kissing her “on the lips” without warning in his Manhattan office in 2018.
Boylan, now a Democratic candidate for Manhattan borough president, also alleged in an online essay that Cuomo told her, “Let’s play strip poker,” during an October 2017 flight on his official state jet.
Boylan’s claims led another former Cuomo aide, Charlotte Bennett, 25, to allege sexual harassment in a report published Saturday that he asked her inappropriate personal questions, told her he was open to relationships with women in their 20s and left her feeling that he “wanted to sleep with me.”
And in a report on Monday, Anna Ruch, a 33-year-old former White House staffer under then-President Barack Obama, accused Cuomo of sexual harassment after coming on to her, grabbing her face and kissing her after he officiated at the 2019 wedding of an administration aide, Gareth Rhodes, to another former Obama staffer, Alexa Kissinger.
In a weekend interview with the Wall Street Journal Liss said the governor “asked her if she had a boyfriend, called her sweetheart, touched her on her lower back at a reception and once kissed her hand when she rose from her desk.” The report notes that she originally believed her interactions with the governor were “harmless fun” and later found his actions patronizing.
Former press aide Karen Hinton endured a “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate” embrace from Cuomo in a dimly lit Los Angeles hotel room in December 2000, she told the Washington Post. The married Hinton pulled away, but “he [Cuomo] pulls me back for another intimate embrace, so I just pull away again, and I leave.”