Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly groped aide, report says

Katie Ramirez
March 11, 2021

"I have never done anything like this", Cuomo said through a spokesperson Wednesday evening. Although the woman has not filed a formal complaint herself, fellow staffers reported the incident to a supervisor and the allegations were reported to the governor's office and the NY attorney general's office over the weekend.

Several women who worked in Cuomo's administration have said they were sexually harassed or subjected to demeaning behavior by the governor.

During a briefing on March 3, Cuomo said he would not resign.

Five other women have come forward in recent weeks alleging Cuomo sexually harassed them, and all incidents are now being investigated in a probe led by the NY attorney general's office.

The source claims the aide and the governor "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".

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She said she recoiled from Cuomo's embrace but he drew her back to his body and held her before she backed away and left. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is faces new allegations of misconduct by former staff in a new report by The Washington Post.

Cuomo's special counsel, Beth Garvey, also wouldn't confirm the existence of the complaint but said in a statement that "all allegations that we learn of directly or indirectly are going promptly to the investigators appointed by the attorney general". At least one supervisor reported the allegation to an attorney in the governor's office Monday, the newspaper reported.

The Times Union of Albany reported Tuesday that the woman said Cuomo inappropriately touched her late past year at the governor's mansion. "The Governor's sexual harassment, which Charlotte Bennett reported, was buried by his aides and never properly investigated". I never made any inappropriate advances. The governor has called on lawmakers and the public to await the results of that investigation. Scrutiny of the governor - who received accolades during the height of the coronavirus pandemic for leadership that yielded a book deal and calls for a national political career - intensified when former adviser Boylan, 36, reiterated harassment claims made in December, fleshing them out in a late February blog post.

Asked about the story in a news conference, Cuomo said: "I am not aware of any other claim".

With the flow of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government to NY ramping up, the state continues to work to get as many "shots in arms" as quickly as possible.

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