Two extra ladies accused New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment on Saturday, together with a former press aide who detailed an uncomfortable embrace in a dimly lit lodge room and an assistant who stated he made her really feel like “just a skirt.”
Former press aide Karen Hinton instructed the Washington Post that Cuomo, then head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, compelled her right into a “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate” embrace in a dimly lit Los Angeles lodge room in December 2000.
The married press aide retreated however stated “he pulls me back for another intimate embrace.”
“I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things, so I just pull away again, and I leave,” stated Hinton, who’s married to lobbyist Howard Glaser, a longtime Cuomo ally who labored as his director of state operations and senior coverage advisor till 2014.
A consultant for the governor denied the allegation, telling the Washington Post the incident “did not happen.”
“Karen Hinton is a known antagonist of the Governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago,” Peter Ajemian stated.
“All women have the right to come forward and tell their story,” he stated, although he referred to as Hinton’s accusation “reckless.”
Meanwhile, Ana Liss, a coverage and operations aide who labored for Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, instructed the Wall Street Journal the governor acted inappropriately together with her as properly, calling her “sweetheart” and asking if she had a boyfriend.
She detailed a May 2014 encounter with the governor in Albany’s govt mansion the place she stated 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.
“It’s not appropriate, really, in any setting,” she stated.
A spokesman for Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, defended the habits as par for the course at public receptions.
“Reporters and photographers have covered the governor for 14 years watching him kiss men and women and posing for pictures,” Azzopardi stated. “At the public open house mansion reception there are hundreds of people and he poses for hundreds of pictures. That’s what people in politics do.”
Liss and Hinton are two of 5 ladies to accuse the governor of sexual harassment.
Lindsey Boylan, the previous deputy secretary for financial improvement and particular adviser to Cuomo, on Wednesday printed 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 prime feminine aides, “created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected.”
She additionally detailed an more and more uncomfortable relationship she developed with the governor, during which he sought her out and arrange one-on-one conferences together with her.
Boylan recounted a flight she shared with the governor from an occasion in October 2017 during which Cuomo allegedly stated, “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 Times. Bennett, 25, stated 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.
Cuomo stated that he “never made advances toward Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.” However, the governor didn’t deny making the statements in query.
He has additionally denied Boylan’s claims.
Anna Ruch, a former Biden marketing campaign employee who has not labored for Cuomo, accused the governor of giving her an undesirable kiss on the cheek at a marriage in 2019. She stated the motion left her “confused and shocked and embarrassed.”
New York lawyer common Letitia James introduced on Monday, after Boylan and Bennett got here ahead, that her workplace has acquired a referral from the Cuomo administration, permitting for an unbiased investigation of their harassment claims.