Andrew Cuomo’s aide makes a shocking revelation
The woman said the New York Governor groped her in the Executive Mansion late last year. This makes her the sixth victim of the governor. Give other women made similar allegations of sexual impropriety by Cuomo.
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The Albany Times reported the woman arrived at the mansion as part of her job. They cited “a person with direct knowledge of the woman’s claims.” The revelation was made in the governor’s Executive Chamber on March 3.
The aide was called to assist the Governor with a technical issue related to his cellphone. She will stay anonymous for privacy concerns. The woman and Cuomo were “alone in Cuomo’s private residence on the second floor of the mansion when he closed the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and began to fondle her.”
According to the source, the lady was much younger than Cuomo. She warned him to stop grabbing her. Her story is really shocking. The Governor “frequently engaged in flirtatious behavior with her, and that it was not the only time that he had touched her.”
Legal analyst Greg Jarrett did an opinion piece for Fox News.
“Under New York law, indecent contact crimes involve groping someone’s intimate parts without consent,” he wrote. “State penal code section 130.52 defines it as ‘forcibly touching the sexual or other intimate parts of another person.’”
Debra Katz is the attorney for former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett. She stated that this story is pretty similar to what happened to Bennett. Bennett claims she had to go to the state Capitol on a weekend. There was no one around and Cuomo asked questions about her sex life.
NEW: Debra Katz, the attorney for ex-Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, said Bennett was summoned to the Capitol on a Saturday under the pretense of helping Cuomo with his phone.
— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) March 10, 2021
“The Governor’s sexual harassment, which Charlotte Bennett reported, was buried by his aides and never properly investigated,” Katz’s statement said, according to The Associated Press. “Because of their enablement, another young woman was left in harm’s way.”
Several Democrats have called out Cuomo in the past few weeks. They all agree that he should sign his resignation letter. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Steward-Cousins shares the same opinion.
Fox News revealed that at least 85 Democrats call for Cuomo to resign or be impeached. Richard Gottfried is one of them. He was first elected in 1971 which makes him the longest-serving Assembly member.
“Multiple and growing credible allegations of sexual harassment and recent reports detailing the cover-up of the true COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes are extremely disturbing and make it clear that Governor Cuomo is no longer the right governor for New York,” he said, according to The New York Times.
I do not expect Andrew Cuomo to have the self dignity to resign. Impeach.
— Ron T. Kim (@rontkim) March 11, 2021
I’ve had enough.
Cuomo must be impeached. https://t.co/cn3jrtcyoS
— Jessica González-Rojas (@votejgr) March 11, 2021
Aggressive groping is sexual assault.
It is most certainly inappropriate touching. https://t.co/QaYnsGZmtQ
— Alessandra Biaggi (@Biaggi4NY) March 11, 2021
The sixth victim was triggered by Cuomo’s news conference on March 3. The Governor denied any of the claims made against him.
She had expected reaction to Cuomo’s briefing and shared her story with a female supervisor.
Cuomo denied the allegations made against him.
“As I said yesterday, I have never done anything like this,” the governor said in a statement to the Times-Union. “The details of this report are gut-wrenching. I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the attorney general’s report.”
The Times-Union was the first to report the allegations.
If you ask Cuomo, he will say he knows nothing about this lady.
“First, I’m not aware of any other claim,” he said in a conference call with reporters. “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.”
The woman has yet to file a formal complaint. However, her allegation was relayed to Cuomo’s counsel by other Executive Chamber staffers.
Beth Garvey, 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.”
State Attorney General Letitia James appointed Joon H. Kim a former acting US attorney for NY’s Southern District in Manhattan, and Anne L. Clark, who has worked with sexual harassment cases, to investigate the stories against Cuomo.
Bennett, Lindsey Boylan, and Anna Lis have shared their awful experience with Cuomo.
State Assembly, put your big kid pants on and start the process of impeachment. @CarlHeastie that’s you. Victims are not chess pieces for your budget negotiations.
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) March 11, 2021
Anna Ruch is not a state employee, but she was harassed by Cuomo, too. The Governor forcibly touched and kissed her during a 2019 wedding reception. Karen Hinton once worked with the Governor. According to her story, Cuomo hugged her aggressively after inviting the woman to his hotel room in 2000. He was US secretary of housing and urban development back then.
Many unidentified women shared their stories, suggesting that Cuomo nourished a culture filled with sexism and harassment. Their allegations were published by The Washington Post.
“What this is is a systemic, intentional, hostile, toxic workplace environment that … perpetuates abusive treatment of people who don’t have power or resources,” the outlet quoted “one woman who worked in his Albany office when she was in her 20s” as saying.
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Source: The Western Journal