Andrew Cuomo Sexual Harassment Allegations: Two New Accusers Come Forward

New York City Guv Andrew Cuomo speaks throughout an interview prior to the opening of a mass vaccination website in the Queens N.Y., February 24, 2021. (Seth Wenig/Pool by means of Reuters)

2 extra ladies implicated New york city guv Andrew Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances on Saturday, consisting of a previous press assistant who detailed an uneasy welcome in a poorly lit hotel space and an assistant who stated he made her seem like “just a skirt.”

Previous press assistant Karen Hinton informed the Washington Post that Cuomo, then head of the U.S. Department of Real Estate and Urban Advancement, required her into a “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate” welcome in a poorly lit Los Angeles hotel space in December 2000.

The married press assistant pulled away 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 is wed to lobbyist Howard Glaser, a long time Cuomo ally who worked as his director of state operations and senior policy consultant till 2014.

An agent for the guv rejected the accusation, informing the Washington Post the occurrence “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, though he called Hinton’s allegation “reckless.”

On The Other Hand, Ana Liss, a policy and operations assistant who worked for Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, informed the Wall Street Journal the guv acted wrongly with her also, calling her “sweetheart” and asking if she had a sweetheart.

She detailed a Might 2014 encounter with the guv in Albany’s executive estate where she stated the guv called her sweetie, hugged her, kissed both of her cheeks, put his arm around her lower back and got her waist as they relied on have their picture taken by a professional photographer.

“It’s not appropriate, really, in any setting,” she stated. 

A spokesperson for Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, safeguarded the habits as foregone conclusion 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 2 of 5 ladies to implicate the guv of unwanted sexual advances.

Lindsey Boylan, the previous deputy secretary for financial advancement and unique advisor to Cuomo, on Wednesday released an essay detailing declared unwanted sexual advances she withstood while working for the guv, consisting of undesirable kissing and touching.

She composed in the essay that Cuomo, with the assistance of leading female assistants, “created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected.”

She likewise detailed a progressively uneasy relationship she established with the guv, in which he sought her out and established individually conferences with her.

Boylan stated a flight she shared with the guv from an occasion in October 2017 in which Cuomo supposedly stated, “Let’s play strip poker.”

On another celebration, Boylan states the set fulfilled individually for an instruction when Cuomo supposedly kissed her.

Days later on, previous health-policy advisor Charlotte Bennett declared that the guv pestered her in spring 2020, according to the New York City Times. Bennett, 25, stated Cuomo asked invasive concerns about her sex life, consisting of an occurrence on June 5 throughout which the guv asked whether she was monogamous and if she made love with older guys.

Cuomo stated that he “never made advances toward Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.” Nevertheless, the guv did not reject making the declarations in concern.

He has actually likewise rejected Boylan’s claims.

Anna Ruch, a previous Biden project employee who has actually not worked for Cuomo, implicated the guv of providing her an undesirable kiss on the cheek at a wedding event in 2019. She stated the action left her “confused and shocked and embarrassed.”

New york city chief law officer Letitia James revealed on Monday, after Boylan and Bennett stepped forward, that her workplace has actually gotten a recommendation from the Cuomo administration, permitting an independent examination of their harassment claims.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.