Governor Andrew Cuomo has formally been accused of sexually harassing eleven girls by New York’s Lawyer Normal in a shocking string of allegations.
AG Letitia James claimed the embattled Empire State lawmaker was behind a concerted marketing campaign of undesirable feedback and touching spanning from 2013 to 2020, in a collection of statements delivered Tuesday.
Cuomo was first accused of sexual misconduct final 12 months, however Tuesday’s press convention named a number of new victims, and likewise detailed Cuomo’s 9 earlier accusers, whose testimony investigators stated they discovered compelling.
The governor has furiously denied impropriety and refused to resign, with President Biden including his voice to requires Cuomo to go on Tuesday afternoon.
Right here we take an in depth have a look at the ladies whose claims have triggered the most important disaster of Cuomo’s three-term profession:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (pictured) has formally been accused of sexually harassing eleven girls by New York’s Lawyer basic in a shocking string of allegations
State Trooper #1
Cuomo is accused of sexually harassed a state trooper, referred to within the report as Trooper #1, who he employed onto his protecting element, bending the three-year expertise requirement.
Though she had solely accomplished two years on the drive, the governor reportedly wished the unnamed trooper in his internal circle. He’s stated to have requested a senior member of his safety element so as to add her to the group though she solely accomplished two years on the drive.
‘Ha ha, they modified the minimal from 3 years to 2 only for you,’ the senior safety member instructed the trooper in an electronic mail, which was included within the AG’s report.
As soon as she was on his group, he allegedly harassed her on various events, together with one the place he ran his hand throughout her abdomen from her stomach button to her proper hip whereas she was holding the door open for him at an occasion.
‘I felt…fully violated as a result of to me…that is between my chest and my privates,’ the trooper stated, in keeping with Business Insider. ‘However, you realize, I am right here to do a job.’
He additionally ran is accused ‘working his finger down her again’ whereas they had been in an elevator collectively and saying ‘hey you’, and kissing her on the cheek in entrance of one other trooper.
‘I keep in mind simply freezing, being—behind my head, I am like, oh, how do I say no politely as a result of in my head if I stated no, he’ll take it out on the element. And now I am on the dangerous record,’ the trooper shared.
Cuomo additionally allegedly requested her to assist him discover a girlfriend and stated he wished somebody who ‘appreciated ache’, and requested her why she wished to get married, saying ‘your intercourse drive goes down’.
‘Trooper #1 discovered these interactions with the Governor not solely offensive and uncomfortable, however markedly totally different from the best way the Governor interacted with members of the PSU who had been males, and she or he conveyed these incidents contemporaneously to colleagues,’ the report reads.
The trooper stated she was afraid of being retaliated in opposition to if she had been to talk out in opposition to the conduct.
State Entity Worker #2
A physician says she was sexually harassed whereas administering a televised COVID-19 check to Cuomo.
The physician who administered a COVID-19 check to Cuomo she was sexually harassed throughout the incident.
On Might 17, 2020 Cuomo instructed the medic, in entrance of cameras ‘good to see you physician, you make that robe look good’.
The physician, who appeared in full PPE gear, didn’t reply to his remark.
Cuomo (left) is accused of sexually harassing the medic (proper) whereas she administered him a COVID-19 check in entrance of cameras
Cuomo (left) allegedly made feedback in direction of the medic (proper) that had been sexual in nature. He stated: ‘Good to see you physician, you make that robe look good’
The report additionally claims that earlier than the check, Cuomo requested her to not swab him so arduous that it ‘hit his mind’.
She replied that she’d be ‘light however correct’ and he stated ‘I’ve heard that earlier than,’ which the physician stated was ‘implied in a sexual nature’.
The medic thought-about the interplay to be sexual harassment and investigators agreed.
One other unnamed ‘state entity worker’
The unidentified worker, recognized within the report as ‘State Entity Worker #1,’ stated she attended an occasion with Cuomo in September 2019.
After giving a speech, Cuomo is claimed to have posed for photos along with her. Whereas the image was being taken, he ‘grabbed her butt’.
‘The worker was shocked and mentioned it with various buddies, household and colleagues,’ the report says.
She additionally ‘memorialized the Governor’s inappropriate touching’ contemporaneously, however the report does not say how.
‘Govt Assistant One’
Cuomo is accused of groping an government assistant, whose identification stays nameless, at an occasion final November after routinely participating in a sample of impropriate conduct that started in late 2019.
The report says Cuomo repeatedly sexually harassed ‘Govt Assistant One’ when she labored for him by subjecting her to ‘shut and intimate hugs’, ‘kisses on the cheeks and brow’, ‘at the very least one kiss on the lips’ and ‘touching her butt’.
He allegedly referred to her and one different assistant as ‘mingle mamas’ and requested her repeatedly if she would ever cheat on her husband.
In November 2020, he allegedly groped her breast on the Govt Mansion in Albany.
‘For over three months, Govt Assistant #1 stored this groping incident to herself and deliberate to take it ‘to the grave,’ however discovered herself turning into emotional (in a manner that was seen to her colleagues within the Govt Chamber) whereas watching the Governor state, at a press convention on March 3, 2021, that he had by no means ‘touched anybody inappropriately.’ She then confided in sure of her colleagues, who in flip reported her allegations to senior workers within the Govt Chamber,’ the report says.
The assistant was summoned to the mansion underneath the pretext of getting to help Cuomo with a technical subject involving his cellphone, the Times Union reported in March.
The 2 had been alone collectively on the second ground of the residence when Cuomo allegedly closed the door, reached underneath the girl’s shirt and commenced to fondle her.
A supply accustomed to the incident instructed the newspaper that the sufferer had requested Cuomo to cease. This was allegedly the one time he touched her; all different situations concerned flirtatious conduct.
Boylan, who was the primary accuser to talk out publicly, that Cuomo made inappropriate remarks to her when she labored as Chief of Employees to the CEO of the Empire State Improvement Company together with that he discovered her engaging and that he wished to play strip poker.
She additionally says that he bodily touched her on numerous components of her physique, together with her waist, legs, and again.
She claims that when she reported her allegations, she was victimized by his group who ran a smear marketing campaign in opposition to her whereas she ran for workplace.
The alleged harassment befell between 2015 and 2018.
Reviews launched earlier this 12 months revealed that Cuomo’s high aide tried to discredit Boylan and allegedly referred to as at the very least six former workers searching for filth on her.
Lindsey Bolan (pictured) was the primary accuser to talk out publicly in opposition to Cuomo. She says he made inappropriate feedback in direction of her and bodily touched her on numerous components of her physique
Charlotte Bennett (left) labored briefly as a an aide for Cuomo (proper). He allegedly requested her questions on if she’d date older males, asking her assist to discover a girlfriend, and apparently quizzing her on a sexual assault she had endured
Bennett labored briefly for Cuomo as an aide. She was a well being coverage adviser within the New York governor’s administration, employed within the spring of 2019 and swiftly promoted to senior briefer and government assistant just a few months later.
AG Letitia James says her allegations that Cuomo harassed her with a collection of feedback are corroborated.
Amongst his alleged remarks are questions on if she’d date older males, asking her assist to discover a girlfriend, and apparently quizzing her on a sexual assault she had endured.
One of many different feedback that he made was that he wished to journey into the mountains with girls.
Bennett had a pleasant relationship with Cuomo as a consequence of their mutual ties to Westchester County, and noticed him as a mentor.
In an interview earlier this 12 months, Bennett stated her first awkward dialog with Cuomo occurred on Might 15, 2020.
The report included textual content messages between Charlotte Bennett and one other aide, and conversations she had along with her dad and mom the place she had she had a ‘nice dialog’ with the ‘Governor’, and others the place she says he made her really feel uncomfortable.
‘The governor invited me to elevate weights with him,’ she wrote in a single message. ‘He challenged me to a push-up competitors’.
She had instructed her dad and mom how he was shocked to be taught that she lifted weights and boxed, and that he had requested her to do push-ups within the workplace.
In one other textual content chain she stated Cuomo ‘talked about age distinction in relationships,’ calling his feedback ‘express’.
The report additionally included messages through which Bennett tells a confidant that she was extremely uncomfortable following an interplay within the workplace. Bennett stated she was ‘shaking’ and ‘so upset and so confused’.
In texts to a different aide, Bennett stated Cuomo repeated to her ‘time and again’ that she had been ‘raped’.
Cuomo was additionally recorded singing the favored Sixties love music Do You Love Me?, by the Contours, to Bennett throughout a cellphone name in 2019.
In response to the New York Post, Bennett initiated the cellphone name saying, ‘Hello, governor. That is Charlotte’.
Cuomo allegedly answered the decision with ‘Are you prepared? Doo, doo, doo,’ and proceeded to ask her if she was accustomed to the music.
Bennett instructed him the music was ‘earlier than her time’.
Cuomo allegedly continued singing, ‘Do you’re keen on me? Do you actually love me? Do you’re keen on me? Do you care?’
Virginia Liammiatis labored for Nationwide Grid and was sporting a t-shirt with the corporate’s title written throughout her chest when she says she met Cuomo.
He ran his ‘two fingers throughout her chest, urgent down on every of the letters as he did so and studying out the title of the corporate as he went’.
The report says he then ‘leaned in, together with his face near her cheek, and stated ‘I will say I see a spider in your shoulder’ earlier than brushing the realm between her shoulder and her breasts’.
‘Ms. Limmiatis got here ahead on this investigation after she heard the governor state, throughout the March 3, 2021 press convention, that he had by no means touched anybody inappropriately.
‘As Ms. Limmiatis testified to us, ‘He’s mendacity once more. He touched me inappropriately. I’m compelled to come back ahead to inform the reality… I did not know the best way to report what he did to me on the time and was burdened by disgrace, however not coming ahead now would make me complicit in his lie, and I will not do it.”
Virginia Liammiatis (left), who labored for Nationwide Grid, accused Cuomo of touching her inappropriately by working his fingers throughout her chest. Alyssa McGrath (proper), one Cuomo’s government assistants, claimed he harassed her and repeatedly requested questions on her private life
McGrath was one other government assistant who says Cuomo harassed her.
‘In his interactions with one other government assistant, Alyssa McGrath, the Governor made inappropriate feedback and engaged in harassing conduct, together with: repeatedly asking about her private life, together with her marital standing and divorce; asking whether or not Ms. McGrath would inform on Govt Assistant #1 if she had been to cheat on her husband—and whether or not Ms. McGrath herself deliberate to ‘mingle’ with males’.
She additionally claimed he seemed down her shirt to go with her on her necklace, instructed her that she’s stunning in Italian and kissed her on the brow throughout an workplace Christmas get together in 2019.
Kaitlin – whose second title will not be public – met the Governor in 2016 at a fundraising occasion the place they had been photographed collectively in a dance pose.
Afterwards, she was employed by him in a junior place however given a wage of $120,000 – a determine so excessive she says it was laughed at in her interview.
Alyssa Liss (pictured) labored within the Govt Chamber between 2013 and 2015, throughout which period she says the governor subjected her to sexual harassment that included being referred to as ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’, and inserting his hand round her decrease waist
Liss labored within the Govt Chamber between 2013 and 2015, throughout which period she says the governor subjected her to sexual harassment that included being referred to as ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’, and inserting his hand round her decrease waist.
He additionally kissed her arms and cheek, she stated.
Regardless of feeling uncomfortable, she says she didn’t report them as a result of ‘for no matter purpose, in his workplace the principles had been totally different. It was simply, you must view it as a praise if the Governor finds you aesthetically pleasing sufficient, if he finds you fascinating sufficient to ask questions like that.
‘And so though it was unusual and uncomfortable and technically not permissible in a typical office surroundings, I used to be on this mindset that it was the twilight zone and…the standard guidelines didn’t apply.’
Ruch was a visitor at a marriage, as was the Governor, in 2019 when she says he put his arms on a piece of her again that was uncovered by a cut-out in her gown.
She grabbed his wrist to maneuver it away and he responded by saying ‘wow, you are aggressive,’ in keeping with the report.
Cuomo then grabbed her face with each of his arms and stated ‘can I kiss you?’
He was pictured kissing her cheek.
Anna Ruch (left) was a visitor at a marriage, as was Cuomo (proper), in 2019 when she says he put his arms on a piece of her again that was uncovered by a cut-out in her gown