Two more ladies have actually stepped forward to implicate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of improper conduct, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
A previous press assistant, Karen Hinton, informed the Post that Cuomo welcomed her to his poorly lit hotel space after a work occasion in Los Angeles in 2000, welcomed her as she attempted to leave and after that pulled her back towards him as she retreated.
Ana Liss, another ex-aide to Cuomo, stated the guv in 2014 hugged and kissed her on both cheeks and got her waist, the Journal reported.
The brand-new claims intensify the pressure on the Democratic guv, who is dealing with heat from previous claims of unwanted sexual advances, in addition to a scandal over his administration’s handling of Covid retirement home death information.
Current spokespersons for Cuomo reacted to the brand-new claims, both of which were released Saturday.
Cuomo’s interactions director Peter Ajemian stated that Hinton’s claims “did not happen.” Rich Azzopardi, a senior consultant to Cuomo, stated of Liss’ account that “reporters and photographers have covered the governor for 14 years watching him kiss men and women and posing for pictures.”
“At the public open-house mansion reception, there are hundreds of people, and he poses for hundreds of pictures,” Azzopardi stated. “That’s what people in politics do.”
On Friday, New York state legislators authorized an expense to remove the embattled guv of the momentary powers he was provided to handle the pandemic. Cuomo recommended he will sign the costs.
In late January, New York Attorney General Letitia James stated the Cuomo administration had actually underreported the variety of Covid deaths associated with nursing houses by approximately 50%.
Cuomo has actually kept that the state did not cover deaths, however stated last month that “we should have done a better job of providing as much information as we could as quickly as we could.”
James is now managing an examination into the unwanted sexual advances claims versus Cuomo from numerous ladies who have actually stepped forward within the previous 2 weeks.
Lindsey Boylan, a previous state financial advancement authorities now running for Manhattan district president, composed in a Feb. 24 Medium post that Cuomo “abused his power as Governor to sexually harass me, just as he had done with so many other women.”
Cuomo’s workplace highly rejected Boylan’s claims, consisting of that the guv kissed her without authorization and welcomed her to play strip poker throughout a flight.
Days after Boylan’s explosive post, another previous assistant to Cuomo, Charlotte Bennett, informed The New York Times that the guv had actually asked her about her sex life and whether she “had ever been with an older man.”
“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me,” Bennett informed the Times.
Cuomo, 63, stated in a declaration that Bennett “has every right to speak out,” however kept that he “never made advances toward Ms. Bennett” and never ever meant “to act in any way that was inappropriate.”
On Monday, the Times released claims by another female, Anna Ruch, who stated that Cuomo put his hand on her bare lower back and asked to kiss her when she fulfilled him for the very first time at a wedding event in 2019.
Cuomo at an interview Wednesday asked forgiveness “for whatever pain I caused,” stating “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable.”
The guv stated he would not resign.
Hinton’s declared encounter with Cuomo followed a work occasion in 2000, when Cuomo was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton. Hinton had actually been an interactions authorities at the company prior to leaving in 1999, following a shouting match with Cuomo, The Washington Post reported.
In December 2000, she accepted work as a paid expert to set up press protection for Cuomo’s journey to Los Angeles to promote a HUD program. After the occasion, Cuomo welcomed her to his poorly hotel space to talk, Hinton informed The Washington Post.
As she got up to leave, Cuomo welcomed Hinton in a manner she explained to the Post as “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate.” She stated she retreated, and Cuomo pulled her back for another welcome, at which point she left.
Ajemian, Cuomo’s interactions director, stated Hinton “is a known antagonist of the Governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago.”
“All women have the right to come forward and tell their story — however, it’s also the responsibility of the press to consider self-motivation,” Ajemian stated. “This is reckless.”
Liss, who was an assistant to Cuomo in between 2013 and 2015, stated Cuomo had actually called her sweetie and asked individual concerns, consisting of if she had a sweetheart, the Journal reported.
Liss informed the Journal that she felt Cuomo’s work environment conduct decreased her to “just a skirt.”
Boylan tweeted messages of assistance for Hinton and Liss on Saturday night.