A sixth lady has accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, in line with a brand new report. Based on the Albany Instances Union, a member of the manager chamber workers, whose identify the paper withheld, says the governor inappropriately groped her final yr on the Government Mansion after she had been referred to as to do work. A workers member had been summoned to the mansion to help the governor with a “minor technical concern involving his cell phone” when the staffer discovered herself alone within the governor’s personal residence on the second flooring when he “closed the door and allegedly reached underneath her shirt and started to fondle her,” a supply with direct data of the allegation informed the paper. The supply reportedly informed the paper that the girl, who is way youthful than the 63-year-old governor, informed Cuomo to cease and that her “broader allegations embrace that he continuously engaged in flirtatious conduct along with her, and that it was not the one time that he had touched her.” Cuomo denied the allegations however referred to as the story “gut-wrenching.” The brand new accuser is the fifth Cuomo staffer to return ahead to accuse the governor of sexual misconduct. Lindsey Boylan, the previous deputy secretary for financial growth and particular adviser to Cuomo, final month revealed an essay detailing alleged sexual harassment she endured whereas working for the governor, together with undesirable kissing and touching. She wrote within the essay that Cuomo, with the assistance of high feminine aides, “created a tradition inside his administration the place sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it’s not solely condoned however anticipated.” Boylan recounted a flight she shared with the governor from an occasion in October 2017 wherein Cuomo allegedly mentioned, “Let’s play strip poker.” On one other event, Boylan says the pair met one-on-one for a briefing when Cuomo allegedly kissed her. Days later, former health-policy adviser Charlotte Bennett alleged that the governor harassed her in spring 2020, in line with the New York Instances. Bennett, 25, mentioned Cuomo requested intrusive questions on her intercourse life, together with an incident on June 5 throughout which the governor requested whether or not she was monogamous and if she had intercourse with older males. Anna Ruch, a former Biden marketing campaign employee who has not labored for Cuomo, later accused the governor of giving her an undesirable kiss on the cheek at a marriage in 2019. She mentioned the motion left her “confused and shocked and embarrassed.” Former press aide Karen Hinton informed the Washington Publish final week that Cuomo, then head of the U.S. Division of Housing and City Improvement, pressured her right into a “very lengthy, too lengthy, too tight, too intimate” embrace in a dimly lit Los Angeles resort room in December 2000. In the meantime, Ana Liss, a coverage and operations aide who labored for Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, informed the Wall Road Journal the governor acted inappropriately along with her as properly, calling her “sweetheart” and asking if she had a boyfriend. She detailed a Could 2014 encounter with the governor in Albany’s government mansion the place she mentioned the governor referred to as her sweetheart, hugged her, kissed each of her cheeks, put his arm round her decrease again and grabbed her waist as they turned to have their picture taken by a photographer. “I now perceive that my interactions could have been insensitive or too private and that a few of my feedback, given my place, made others really feel in methods I by no means meant,” Cuomo mentioned in an announcement after the primary two accusers got here ahead. “I acknowledge a number of the issues I’ve mentioned have been misinterpreted as an undesirable flirtation. To the extent anybody felt that approach, I’m really sorry about that.” He added: “To be clear I by no means inappropriately touched anyone and I by no means propositioned anyone and I by no means meant to make anybody really feel uncomfortable, however these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve solutions to.” New York legal professional common Letitia James introduced final week that her workplace had obtained a referral from the Cuomo administration permitting for an impartial investigation of their harassment claims. The sexual harassment allegations come because the New York governor is already embroiled in a scandal over his administration’s mishandling of nursing houses amid the coronavirus pandemic and the alleged try to coverup the variety of deaths that occurred among the many houses’ aged residents that adopted. Quite a few New York lawmakers from each side of the aisle have referred to as on Cuomo to resign, although the governor has mentioned there’s “no approach I resign,” saying the suggestion is “anti-Democratic.”
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