GOVERNOR Andrew Cuomo reached under a female aide’s blouse and fondled her after calling her to his private residence to fix his phone, according to a report on Wednesday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo faces allegations from six womenCredit: AP:Associated Press
Governor Andrew Cuomo allegedly called a female aide to his private residence and groped herCredit: AP:Associated Press
The woman, whose identify was not disclosed, was called to the mansion to help Cuomo with a minor technical issue on his cell phone.
When the two were alone in Cuomo’s private residence on the second floor, he shut the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and groped her, the source said.
The much younger woman told Cuomo, 63, to stop, according to the source.
She also claimed that the mansion incident was not the first time Cuomo had touched her and that he frequently flirted with her.
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The aide is the sixth woman to accuse Cuomo of sexually inappropriate behavior and her allegations are the most serious and could possibly be pursued as misdemeanor sexual assault charges.
The aide’s story came to light on March 3 as staff members in Cuomo’s Executive Chamber watched his first press conference following his first accuser Lindsey Boylan’s online essay lodging allegations against the governor.
During the news conference, Cuomo denied touching any woman “inappropriately.”
The female aide suddenly became emotional and at least one female supervisor asked her what the matter was.
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It was then that the aide revealed her encounters with Cuomo, according to the source.
Cuomo denied the sixth aide’s allegations in a statement to The Times Union on Wednesday evening.
“As I said yesterday, I have never done anything like this. The details of this report are gut-wrenching,” Cuomo stated.
Lindsey Boylan was the first woman to make allegations against Governor Andrew CuomoCredit: Facebook
“I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the attorney general’s report.”
New York State Attorney General Letitia James is overseeing a probe into several sexual assault allegations against the governor.
Boylan responded to the sixth woman’s allegations on Wednesday by tweeting that she was sorry she was not with her when she saw the press conference.
“She deserves to feel safe,” Boylan tweeted.
“She deserves to live her dreams unafraid of abuse.”
Boylan also tweeted to Cuomo: “You need to resign. You need to go now.”