June 21, 2021

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Aide Says Cuomo Groped Her, as New Details of Account Emerge – The New York Times

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The aide never filed a formal complaint about the encounter; the governor’s counsel learned about the allegation earlier this week from other employees in the office, according to The Times Union.

The newspaper has based its reporting on an anonymous source with knowledge of the allegation.

The new allegation is certain to aggravate the most tumultuous crisis of Mr. Cuomo’s political career. The governor is facing intense scrutiny of his conduct toward women and is under escalating pressure to resign after two former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, accused him last month of sexually harassing them.

Ms. Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president, published an essay on Feb. 24 outlining a series of unsettling experiences with Mr. Cuomo, including an instance when she said he kissed her on the lips without her consent after a private meeting in his New York City office in 2018. Mr. Cuomo’s office has denied the allegations.

Shortly after, Ms. Bennett told The New York Times that Mr. Cuomo, 63, made sexual overtures during a one-on-one meeting in his State Capitol office in June amid the pandemic. Ms. Bennett, now 25, said the governor asked her whether she had sex with older men and whether she had intimacy issues because of her experience as a sexual assault survivor.

Disturbed by the remarks, Ms. Bennett told the governor’s chief of staff about the encounter and provided a lengthy statement to a special counsel to the governor. She was transferred to another job farther away from the governor’s office before quitting in November.

The allegations — and those of other women who have since described other inappropriate conduct from the governor — have rocked Albany, leading a growing number of Democrats to join Republicans in calling for the governor to be impeached or to step down. On Sunday, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the majority leader in the State Senate, became the most powerful Democrat in the state to call on Mr. Cuomo to resign, leading many others in her conference to follow suit.

The governor, a third-term Democrat, has apologized for workplace remarks that he says may have hurt or offended women, insisting he never meant to make anyone feel uncomfortable and never touched anyone inappropriately.

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