Andrew Cuomo denies former aide’s sexual harassment allegations
Lindsey Boylan alleged that in 2018, the Democratic governor kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one briefing in his New York City office.
“As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips,” Boylan wrote, describing the encounter. “I was in shock, but I kept walking.” Boylan first accused the governor of sexual harassment in a Twitter thread in December.
In that same statement, the office also issued a denial from four current and former staffers about a specific interaction on a flight wherein Boylan says the governor suggested they play strip poker. The four staffers, who flew with Cuomo and Boylan, said that this never happened.
Cuomo also firmly denied the allegations in a press conference in December when Boylan first made them.
CNN has not been able to corroborate the allegations, and when asked for further comment, Boylan replied that she was letting her Medium post speak for itself.
The post, however, has set off another series of bad headlines for the Cuomo administration.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, released a statement on Wednesday calling the accusation “disturbing.”
“This is deeply disturbing. Clearly there is no place for this type of behavior in the workplace or anywhere else,” Stewart-Cousins wrote.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, when asked about the sexual harassment allegations, said that every person who comes forward with allegations deserves to have “their voice heard” and confirmed that Cuomo will be in attendance at the Governor’s Association meeting at the White House Thursday.
“The President has been consistent in his position. When a person comes forward — they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Their voice should be heard, not silenced. And any allegation should be reviewed,” Psaki said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a “full and independent investigation” into the allegations. Cuomo and de Blasio have a years-long history of animosity, mostly centered on who has authority to do what in New York City, including serious topics like power over the subways and funding for key programs.
“Look, these allegations are really disturbing, let’s be clear about that, they’re really disturbing,” he said, adding, “We got to take this seriously.”
“When a woman comes forward with this kind of very specific allegation, they have to be taken seriously,” de Blasio said.
Boylan is currently running for Manhattan borough president. She unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Jerry Nadler in a Democratic primary in 2020.
www.cnn.com 2021-02-25 21:04:42