Several accusations of sexual harassment have been levied against Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) by former aides.
Last Wednesday, a former aide for the Cuomo administration published an essay on Medium detailing previously made sexual assault allegations against Governor Cuomo. In the essay, former aide Lindsey Boylan claims that Cuomo, “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs,” and that as she was leaving a briefing in his New York City office, “he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips.”
In addition to the claims made by Boylan, another aide has come forward with more allegations regarding Governor Cuomo. According to the NY Times, Charlotte Bennett said Cuomo “had asked her about her sex life and whether she had ever had sex with older men.” The most recent accusation comes from a third woman named Anna Ruch. Unlike the other two women who worked with the Governor, Ms. Ruch encountered Gov. Cuomo at a wedding reception where he proceeded to “put his hand on Ms. Ruch’s bare lower back,” and “asked if he could kiss her”, according to the New York Times.
Governor Cuomo has denied these accusations, saying in a statement Sunday, “To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.” These sexual assault accusations come amidst an already unsettling nursing home scandal involving Andrew Cuomo’s administration withholding covid death toll data in New York nursing homes. The allegations have led to members of both parties calling for Cuomo’s resignation. On Tuesday, U. S. Representative, Kathleen Rice, tweeted, “The time has come. The Governor must resign.” There have been many similar statements from other prominent political figures.
Some people are calling attention to the fact that there are people who were very vocal during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings who are now silent about the Cuomo accusations. For example, now Vice President, Kamala Harris, hasn’t made a statement about the allegations against Cuomo. However, during the Kavanaugh hearings, she was very clear about her support of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser. In October of 2018, Harris tweeted, “To all survivors of sexual assault: We hear you. We see you. We will give you dignity. Don’t let this process bully you into silence.”
ARTICLE: LAUREN GOLLOFON
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: THE NEW YORK TIMES