NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Called to Resign After Five Women Come Forward
Five women have come forward accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, leading to some calling for his resignation.
Ana Liss and Karen Hinton are the newest women to come forward and accuse Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment, totaling up to five women who are alleging claims.
Lindsey Boylan, 36, the first woman to accuse the governor, wrote about her experiences working with him in a personal essay she posted to Medium on Feb. 23.
Boylan describes one incident in Dec. 2016 that left her in fear. Invited into the governor’s Albany office after a work celebration without reason, she said she began to feel uneasy as she made her way to the office.
“I called my husband. I told him I was afraid of what might happen. That was unlike me. I was never afraid,” wrote Boylan.
Boylan also claims that Cuomo made inappropriate comments regarding her appearance, teased her about playing strip poker and kissed her on the lips once after a meeting.
“The idea that someone might think I held my high-ranking position because of the Governor’s “crush” on me was more demeaning than the kiss itself.”
Boylan resigned from the Cuomo Administration in Sept. 2018.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, was also working for the Cuomo Administration during the time of the her sexual harassment. Bennett claims the governor asked her personal and explicit questions.
“He asked me if I believed if age made a difference in relationships and he also asked me in the same conversation if I had ever been with an older man,” Bennett told The New York Times.
Bennett claimed that Cuomo had asked her if she had ever had sex with older men as well as other comments she felt eluded to her interest in an affair. In one particular incident, Bennett told The New York Times that after changing the subject to feel less uncomfortable she told the governor that she was planning on getting a tattoo. To which he responded by suggesting she place the tattoo on her butt.
After this, Bennett came forward to Cuomo’s chief of staff, Jill DesRosiers. She was then transferred to another job on the opposite side of the Capitol.
“I was thinking that I could recover and have distance but that is so naïve,” Bennett told The New York Times. She eventually left the administration last fall.
Anna Ruch, the third woman to come forward, is so far the only accuser who was not under Cuomo’s administration. Ruch claims her assault occurred at a New York wedding reception.
Rush told The New York Times that while thanking Cuomo for his speech, the governor placed his hand on her lower back. After removing his hand, he then placed his hands on her face and asked to kiss her.
“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed…I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment,” Ruch told The New York Times.
MORE WOMEN STEP FORWARD
On Saturday, two more women stepped forward to accuse Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment. Karen Hinton, former press aide, told the Washington Post about a “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate” embrace from Cuomo back in December 2000.
Hinton was asked to join Cuomo in his hotel room after having dinner at the hotel they were both staying at. Hinton didn’t think the request was unsual, but after growing uncomfortable from talking about her personal life, Hinton decided to leave.
Cuomo then embraced her which she describes as “…not just a hug.”
“He pulls me back for another intimate embrace,” Hinton told The Washington Post. “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.”
Ana Liss, former policy and operation aide, is the second new accuser to speak up; she helped Gov. Cuomo from 2013 to 2015.
Liss told the Wall Street Journal that the governor had behaved inappropriatley while on the job in Albany. She claims that Cuomo had asked her if she had a boyfriend, called her “sweetheart,” touched her “lower back” during a reception and kissed her hand once.
Liss described these encounters as patronizing, diminishing her from a professional to “just a skirt.”
“It’s not appropriate, really, in any setting,” Liss told the Wall Street Journal.
Gov. Cuomo had released a statement on Feb. 28 explaining that he never “intended to offend anyone or cause any harm.”
“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal…To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable,” said Cuomo.
When asked about discussions of a possible push for his resignation, Cuomo told reporters that he was elected by “the people of New York state,” not politicans.
“They don’t override the people’s will, they don’t get to override elections,” Cuomo said. “I was elected by the people of New York state. I wasn’t elected by politicans.”
“There is no way I resign.”
Cuomo was asked on Sunday about Karen Hinton’s story of the hotel encounter, to which he responded was “not true.” No other comments have been made from Cuomo or his administration so far.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ office will be in control of the investigation.
“The state’s Executive Law clearly gives my office the authority to investigate this matter once the governor provides a referral…and it is my responsibility to carry out this task, per Executive Law,” the attorney general said.
CALLS FOR CUOMO’S RESIGNATION
As more women have come forward, Democratic lawmakers across New York are now calling for Gov. Cuomo’s resignation.
“Everyday there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” said New York state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) in a statement.
“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it. We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”
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Additionally, New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso tweeted on March 1 that Cuomo “must resign.”