“Her broader allegations include that he frequently engaged in flirtatious behavior with her, and that it was not the only time that he had touched her.”
The Times Union reported New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sixth accuser claimed he “aggressively groped” her at his private residence in Albany. The publication found this out from someone “with direct knowledge” of the claims.
The woman demanded Cuomo to stop. She alleged, “he frequently engaged in flirtatious behavior with her.”
From The Times Union:
The staff member, whose identity is being withheld by the Times Union, had been called to the mansion under the apparent pretext of having her assist the governor with a minor technical issue involving his mobile phone. They were alone in Cuomo’s private residence on the second floor when he closed the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and began to fondle her, according to the source.
The person, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the woman — who is much younger than Cuomo — told the governor to stop. Her broader allegations include that he frequently engaged in flirtatious behavior with her, and that it was not the only time that he had touched her.
The Executive Chamber discovered the allegations on March 3rd when Cuomo insisted he never touched a woman inappropriately:
The woman’s story was revealed within the governor’s Executive Chamber on March 3, as staff members watched his first news conference in the week since Lindsey Boylan published an online essay detailing her own allegations against Cuomo. In the news conference, the governor denied ever touching any women “inappropriately.”
Hearing those remarks, the female aide became emotional. At least one female supervisor came to her assistance and asked why she was upset. The female aide subsequently told the supervisor about what she said had been inappropriate encounters with Cuomo, the source said.
She “has not filed a formal complaint with the governor’s office.”
The Times Union published a story on the sixth accuser on Tuesday. Cuomo’s office knew about the woman before his afternoon press conference. The Times Union said, “At least one of the woman’s supervisors reported the allegation to an attorney in the governor’s office on Monday.”
However, Cuomo said, “I’m not aware of any other claim,” when a reporter asked him about the story.
The Times Union published the story online by the time Cuomo held his conference. It included his acting counsel, Beth Garvey, saying that “all allegations” against Cuomo “were being referred to the attorney general’s office.”
Cuomo maintained, “As I said last week, this is very simple: I never touched anyone inappropriately. I never made any inappropriate advances … (and) 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.”
Did no one tell Cuomo about the woman’s allegations until Wednesday? That is when he finally answered The Times Union:
“As I said yesterday, I have never done anything like this. 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.”
Attorney General Letitia James opened an investigation into the sexual harassment claims. No one in the office responded to questions from The Times Union.DONATE
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