As TuskerDaily reported back in march an independent probe was started after multiple women accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual assault.
That report was finally completed and Gov. Cuomo was exposed as a sick old man who used his position to sexually harass female underlings less than half his age — including by touching their “intimate body parts” without consent.
Investigators focused on the allegations of 11 women, detailed in a blistering 165-page report released Tuesday by the state attorney general’s office.
While TuskerDaily reported on Cuomo’s sexual misconduct claims from six women that have previously been made public.
The blockbuster report included shocking new details that documented how Andrew Cuomo allegedly also harassed a state trooper who served on his security detail.
Of course, Cuomo, 63, pushed back on the report, saying he “never touched anyone inappropriately.”
However, despite the damning report, similar to what TuskerDaily reported back in March when there were only 5 victims, Andrew Cuomo made it clear we won’t resign this time either.
Andrew Cuomo 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.
Investigators said they were able to corroborate those claims and others, including that the gov “touched her on various parts of her body, including her waist, legs, and back.”
The report also found that Cuomo and the Executive Chamber “actively engaged in an effort to discredit” Boylan after she went public in December 2020.
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.”
The report not only found that Bennett’s story happened, but Cuomo also told her that he was “lonely” because his ex-girlfriend Sandra Lee “wasn’t talking to him” and that he wanted to “get on his motorcycle and ride into the mountains with a woman.”
Notes from Bennett’s interviews with investigators detail how Andrew Cuomo apparently asked her to find him a girlfriend and how she “deflected” him by suggesting comedian Chelsea Handler or actress Jada Pinkett Smith.
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.
The report details the allegations of Ruch, who came forward in March to accuse Cuomo of inappropriate sexual behavior, saying he grabbed and kissed her at a 2019 wedding.
Ruch, 33, told the New York Times that the governor Andrew Cuomo made unwanted advances toward her and planted an unsolicited kiss on her cheek at the reception in Manhattan.
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.
Her allegations were supported by the report, and she also told investigators that the governor occasionally kissed her cheeks.
She didn’t complain about the incidents while working for Andrew Cuomo, even though they made her uncomfortable, “because saying no could result in being ostracized or fired,” the investigators wrote.
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.”
The report doesn’t delve into Hinton’s allegations, though investigators do say they interviewed her regarding her claims, including that Andrew Cuomo once gave her an overly long and intimate hug in a hotel in December 2000.
McGrath, 35, became the first current aide to speak out about sexual harassment in the governor’s office, telling the Times in March that Cuomo looked down her shirt, quizzed her about her marital status and told her she was beautiful.
She also recalled how Cuomo smooched her on the forehead and gripped her firmly around the sides while posing for a photo at a 2019 office Christmas party.
“Even though it was strange and uncomfortable and technically not permissible in a typical workplace environment, I was in this mindset that it was the twilight zone and … the typical rules did not apply,” McGrath told investigators.
Her attorney, Mariann Wang, said Tuesday that McGrath and another accuser she represents, Virginia Limmiatis, “feel profoundly grateful to the AG’s team for taking this seriously and examining their reports thoroughly and carefully.”
“Cuomo’s misogyny and abuse cannot be denied. He has been doing this for years, without any repercussions,” the statement said. “He should not be in charge of our government and should not be in any position of power over anyone else.”
Executive Assistant #1
A current Cuomo aide who hasn’t been publicly identified has accused the governor of groping her breast in the Executive Mansion last year.
During one incident, Cuomo asked her to snap selfies as the two worked together inside his office at the Executive Mansion on Dec. 31, 2019, the report said.
As she held up the camera, Cuomo “moved his hand to grab her butt cheek and began to rub it” for at least 5 seconds, the report alleges.
The assistant “was shaking so much during this interaction” that the photos came out blurry — and Cuomo suggested the two sit down to take one more, the document says.
That photo, showing Andrew Cuomo smirking while he sits back on a couch with the aide, is included in the report.
The governor then allegedly told her to send the snap to another aide and said “not to share the photograph with anyone else.”
The woman said she didn’t report what happened because she was terrified.
“[T]he way he was so firm with [me] that I couldn’t show anyone else that photo, I was just terrified that if I shared what was going on that it would somehow get around,” she told investigators.
The woman said she became emotional when she saw Cuomo claim at a March press conference that he had never “touched anyone inappropriately” and confided her experience to colleagues, who then reported the groping allegations.
The report details for the first time allegations that Cuomo, on multiple occasions, sexually harassed an unnamed female state trooper who was assigned to his protective detail in 2017.
It said the governor ran his hand or fingers across her stomach and her back, kissed her on the cheek, asked for her help in finding a girlfriend and asked why she didn’t wear a dress.
In an interview with investigators, Cuomo admitted that he may have kissed the trooper at an event but denied touching her.
The State Troopers Police Benevolent Association said in a statement Tuesday that it was “dismayed and disturbed” by the findings.
“I’m outraged and disgusted that one of my members, who was tasked with guarding the governor and ensuring his safety, could not enjoy the same sense of security in her work environment that he was provided,” PBA President Tom Mungeer said in a statement.
Limmiatis, an employee at an energy company, accused Andrew Cuomo of touching her chest during a conservation event in upstate New York in May 2017.
She came forward to investigators after she heard the governor’s March statements that he had never “touched anyone inappropriately,” the report states.
“I didn’t know how to report what he did to me at the time and was burdened by shame, but not coming forward now would make me complicit in his lie, and I won’t do it,” she told investigators.
State Entity Employee #1
A woman identified only as “State Entity Employee #1” in the report said that Cuomo groped her butt while posing with her for a photo at a September 2019 event in New York City.
She said she was “shocked” and told several family and friends about the incident at the time.
State Entity Employee #2
The report also includes allegations from another staffer of a state-affiliated entity, who is a doctor and a former director at the state Health Department.
The woman, named as “State Entity Employee #2” in the report, said that Cuomo made a sexually suggestive joke to her in March 2020, right before she was to him a nasal swab during a coronavirus-related news conference.
Then, in front of the press and cameras, he told her, “nice to see you, Doctor — you make that gown look good.”
She said she found his comments offensive, adding “that they would not have been made to an accomplished physician who was a man.”
Investigators also discussed allegations first made in New York Magazine in March by a woman named Kaitlin, whose last name was not released.
She said governor Andrew Cuomo hired her in 2016 after the two met at a fundraiser.
During the year that she worked at the governor’s office, Kaitlin said Cuomo made her uncomfortable, including by commenting on her appearance multiple times.
She later moved on to work at a state agency, but would become “visibly distressed” whenever she had to return to the Executive Chamber’s offices for work, the report said.