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Governor Andrew Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former Aide

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The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has been accused of sexual harassment by one of his former aides. In a series of tweets, Lindsey Boylan, who worked in Cuomo’s administration, accused him of sexual harassment.

Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harassment

Governor Andrew Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former Aide
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Lindsey Boylan worked for Cuomo in his administration from March 2015 till October of 2018. During that time, Boylan claims that the New York Governor would make inappropriate comments on her looks. In a thread on Twitter, she started off by saying how her mother faced workplace harassment, which impacted her life. Then, she revealed in a tweet that Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her multiple times, saying:

Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched. I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.

Boyland further said how helpless she felt because she couldn’t take any kind of action against Cuomo:

Not knowing what to expect what’s [sic] the most upsetting part aside from knowing that no one would do a damn thing even when they saw it. No one. And I *know* I am not the only woman.

Boylan, who has served as executive vice president of Empire State Development and as a special adviser to Andrew Cuomo for economic development, mentioned how she is one of many women who have suffered harassment and sexual misconduct:

I’m angry to be put in this situation at all. That because I am a woman, I can work hard my whole life to better myself and help others and yet still fall victim as countless women over generations have. Mostly silently. I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power.

Cuomo denies the allegations

In response, Andrew Cuomo’s press secretary denied the allegations in a statement given to PEOPLE, saying:

There is simply no truth to these claims.

The Governor himself said in a press briefing on Monday:

I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opinion and express issues and concerns that she has. But it’s just not true.

Lindsey Boylan does not want to go into details

In a later tweet, Boylan also said that she is not willing to talk to journalists about Andrew Cuomo and her allegations. She tweeted:

To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists.
I am about validating the experience of countless women and making sure abuse stops.
My worst fear is that this continues. And as
@FKAtwigs said yesterday, my second worst fear is having to talk about and relive this.

Moreover, Lindsey Boylan also revealed in a past Twitter thread that her job in Cuomo’s administration was the worst job she ever had. It was “beyond toxic,” saying that people were “deathly afraid of him”. Working for Cuomo is “endlessly dispiriting,” and she is still “unwrapping it years later in therapy”. She, in fact, tried to quit “three times” but couldn’t.

Reports suggest there were complaints against Boylan’s behavior

According to memos and reports accumulated by Associated Press, several women issued complaints to the Empire State Development’s human resources department against Lindsey Boylan’s behavior. A memo, written by the administration’s ethics officer, Julia Pinover Kupiec, said:

Ms. Boyland had behaved in a way towards them that was harassing, belittling, and had yelled and been generally unprofessional.

Moreover, AP also claims that Boylan resigned from Andrew Cuomo’s office after meeting with Cuomo’s top lawyer, Alphonso David.

Republicans want Andrew Cuomo investigated

After the allegations came to light, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who belongs to the Republican party, supports “an independent investigation into the serious allegations of pervasive workplace sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Governor Andrew Cuomo”. She further said:

The people of New York deserve a Governor who lives up to his own public statements on sexual harassment.

We’re not sure which line will the Democratic party adopt, considering that Andrew Cuomo has been one of their most popular performers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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