Seventh Woman Comes Forward With Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Cuomo While Democrats Call for Him To Resign
A former member of the press is the most recent woman to bring sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. There are now seven women with similar claims against Cuomo.
Jessica Bakeman worked as a statehouse reporter for Politico and wrote about an interaction with the governor from 2014 that occured at a holiday party.
“He took my hand, as if to shake it, then refused to let go. He put his other arm around my back, his hand on my waist, and held me firmly in place while indicating to a photographer he wanted us to pose for a picture,” she wrote in New York Magazine.
“I was wrong to believe this experience would last for just a moment. Keeping his grip on me as I practically squirmed to get away from him, the governor turned my body to face a different direction for yet another picture. He never let go of my hand,” she said. “Then he turned to me with a mischievous smile on his face, in front of all of my colleagues, and said: ‘I’m sorry. Am I making you uncomfortable? I thought we were going steady.’ ”
Bakeman said she didn’t feel like the interaction was about sex, instead she felt like it was about power.
CALLING FOR RESIGNATION
New York House members came together and called for the resignation of Cuomo.
“As members of the New York delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, we believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the fifty-five members of the New York State legislature, including the State Senate Majority Leader, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges,” said New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) and Jamaal Bowman (D).
But in the face of growing criticism from his own party, Cuomo says he will not resign. He says he won’t give in to “cancel culture.”
The state’s Attorney General Letita James is leading an investigation into the claims.