Andrew Cuomo ‘reached under blouse and groped her’: Inside SHOCKING sexual assault allegations by sixth aide
The woman, who has not been named publicly, was alone with Cuomo late in 2020 when he closed the door, reached under her shirt and fondled her
A sixth woman has now come forward which is now turning out to be the most serious allegations against the scandal-scarred Andrew Cuomo. She accused the Governor of New York of sexual harassment, adding that he groped her in the governor's residence.
The woman, who has not been named publicly, was alone with Cuomo late in 2020 when he closed the door, reached under her shirt and fondled her, the Times Union of Albany reported on Wednesday. The report, which is based on an unidentified source with direct knowledge of the aide's accusation, said that the three-term New York governor had summoned her to the Executive Mansion in Albany since he needed help with his cellphone when the incident happened. The woman's supervisors recently became aware of the allegation and alerted the governor's counsel of it on Monday.
The eerie similarity
Cuomo faces harassment allegations from five other women, including former aide Charlotte Bennett. Debra Katz, Bennett's attorney, said in a statement released Wednesday evening that the latest allegations are 'eerily similar' to the 25-year-old's own story. Bennett, who was an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration, has said she was summoned to the Capitol on a weekend and left alone with Cuomo, who asked her for help with his cellphone. She has said Cuomo, 63, asked about her sex life and propositioned her.
"The Governor's sexual harassment, which Charlotte Bennett reported, was buried by his aides and never properly investigated," said Katz's statement. "Because of their enablement, another young woman was left in harm's way."
Past flirtatious comments
The sixth accuser said that the assault didn't happen just once. She indicated that Cuomo had touched her and made flirtatious comments on multiple occasions. The woman has not filed a formal complaint with the governor's office, but her allegations were reported to the governor's counsel by other employees in the Executive Chamber. According to Times Union, her allegations came to light as Cuomo staffers watched the governor's March 3 press conference, his first after initial sexual harassment claims made in late February, where he denied ever touching a woman inappropriately.
The unnamed aide subsequently became emotional, and told a female supervisor who approached her about her encounters with the governor, following which at least one supervisor reported the allegation to an attorney in the governor's office Monday, the newspaper reported.
So far, the allegations against Cuomo include a combination of claims of him making the workplace an uncomfortable place for young women, with allegations ranging from flirtatious comments to a nonconsensual kiss. State Attorney General Letitia James has put together an investigative team to probe Cuomo's workplace conduct. While several state legislators from both parties have called for Cuomo's resignation or impeachment, Cuomo has repeatedly maintained he won´t resign.
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