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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harassment and abuse for fifth time

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has been accused of sexual abuse for the fifth time, as members of his former staff accuse him of bullying.

In the midst of multiple accusers coming out against Andrew Cuomo, a fifth accuser has joined the ranks. Karen Hinton, the governor’s former Press Secretary, detailed her testimony on Cuomo’s behavior and reported to the Washington Post this past Saturday. She reported that he summoned her to his “dimly-lit” hotel room just after a day of work twenty-one years ago. When she got there, she claims he began to put his hands around her body as she tried to resist his advances. She went on to say she recoiled from his embrace, but that he was persistent and drew her body back into his. He held her for some time before she was able to break free and leave. Hinton said in her interview, “I really thought the flirt wasn’t about having sex,” she said. “It was about controlling the relationship.”

Under former President Bill Clinton, Cuomo was serving as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Peter Ajemian, who is the director of communications under Cuomo, says there is no merit to Hinton’s allegations. He went even further, deducing that Hinton lied about these allegations as part of a long-standing campaign against the New York Governor. “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,” Ajemian said. “All women have the right to come forward and tell their story — however, it’s also the responsibility of the press to consider self-motivation. This is reckless.”

Hinton was not silent in snapping back at Ajemian’s remarks. “Attacking the accuser is the classic playbook of powerful men trying to protect themselves,” she said. In addition to the sexual assault allegations, two former male staffers have come out and accused Cuomo of  verbal bullying in the workplace. They claim the New York governor used names like “pussies” and phrases like “You have no balls” in regards to the men. Senior advisor to Cuomo Rich Azzopardi says he’s never heard Cuomo use language like this in his time working for him. “There is no secret these are tough jobs, and the work is demanding, but we have a top tier team with many employees who have been here for years, and many others who have left and returned,” he said in his statement. “The Governor is direct with employees if their work is subpar because the people of New York deserve nothing short of excellence.”

ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TORONTO SUN

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