After months of publicized allegations, the New York State lawyer common’s workplace has released a report confirming that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed a number of ladies and retaliated in opposition to one for going public.
The bombshell 165-page report discovered that Cuomo “sexually harassed plenty of present and former New York State workers by, amongst different issues, partaking in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, in addition to making quite a few offensive feedback of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work setting for girls.” The report contains numerous anecdotes documenting Cuomo partaking in overly intimate hugs, kisses, gropes, and commentary that’s greatest left between two consenting adults.
In February, Lindsay Boylan, a former official within the Cuomo administration, grew to become the primary girl to go public together with her claims in opposition to Cuomo and his years lengthy historical past of sexually harassing her. Cuomo’s former govt assistant, Charlotte Bennett, got here ahead shortly after, accusing Cuomo of creating sexual innuendos towards her and sending her sexually charged texts.
The report’s findings on Bennett had been prolonged, however right here’s their summation, emphasis ours:
In a sequence of conversations in 2020 with an aide, Charlotte Bennett, the Governor made inappropriate feedback, together with, amongst many different issues: (1) telling Ms. Bennett, in speaking about potential girlfriends for him, that he can be prepared so far somebody who was as younger as 22 years outdated (he knew Ms. Bennett was 25 on the time); (2) asking her whether or not she had been with older males; (3) saying to her throughout the pandemic that he was “lonely” and “wished to be touched”;10 (4) asking whether or not Ms. Bennett was monogamous; (5) telling Ms. Bennett, after she informed him that she was contemplating getting a tattoo for her birthday, that if she determined to get a tattoo, she ought to get it on her butt, the place it couldn’t be seen; (6) asking whether or not she had any piercings apart from her ears; and (7) saying that he wished to journey his bike into the mountains with a girl. These feedback by the Governor—as evidenced contemporaneously in quite a few textual content exchanges Ms. Bennett had with others—adopted and coincided with discussions she beforehand had with the Governor about her having been a survivor of sexual assault and made her extraordinarily uncomfortable. They made her so uncomfortable that, following a sequence of exchanges with the Governor in June 2020, Ms. Bennett reported the interactions to the Governor’s Chief of Workers. Whereas the Govt Chamber moved Ms. Bennett to a unique place the place she wouldn’t have to work together with the Governor in response to Ms. Bennett’s allegations, the Govt Chamber didn’t report the allegations on the time to the Governor’s Workplace of Worker Relations (“GOER”), the State company tasked with conducting harassment investigations for State companies, and didn’t in any other case conduct any formal investigation. As a substitute, the Govt Chamber’s senior employees sought to implement a observe whereby particular person employees members who had been ladies had been to not be left alone with the Governor.
The state lawyer common’s report contains a number of incidents that weren’t broadly reported, together with this cretinous anecdote: Cuomo couldn’t even hold his ideas to himself upon receiving the covid-19 nasal swab take a look at in 2020. He hit on the physician who carried out the examination, repeatedly.
From the report, emphasis ours:
State Entity Worker #2. On March 17, 2020, a then-Director at New York State’s Division of Well being (“State Entity Worker #2”), who can be a health care provider, participated in a press convention with the Governor, throughout which she carried out a reside COVID19 nasal swab take a look at on the Governor. As they had been making ready for the press convention (exterior the presence of the press), the Governor requested that State Entity Worker #2 not put the swab up his nostril “so deep that you simply hit my mind.”27 State Entity Worker #2 replied that she can be “mild however correct”28 in conducting the swab take a look at, to which the Governor responded, “[G]entle however correct, I’ve heard that earlier than.”29 State Entity Worker #2 felt that the Governor supposed to convey a “joke of an implied sexual nature.”30 Then, on the press convention, in entrance of the press and cameras, the Governor acknowledged, “Good to see you, Physician—you make that robe look good.”31 State Entity Worker #2 discovered the Governor’s feedback offensive and that they’d not have been made to an completed doctor who was a person.
The New York Occasions notes the report’s findings “might gasoline help for impeachment proceedings in opposition to Mr. Cuomo within the State Legislature.” Given Cuomo’s Trumpian approach to allegations of misconduct—sexual or otherwise—it’s clear that Cuomo will solely vacate his put up by drive. Even because the accusations in opposition to him piled up, he adamantly refused to resign, so it’s tough to think about something altering, whatever the prolonged AG report. Let’s see what Cuomo will distract New Yorkers with this time.
Replace: 1:11 p.m. And right here we have now a recording of Cuomo singing “Do You Love Me” by The Contours throughout a telephone name with Bennett.
Replace: 1:24 p.m. In a brand new assertion, Governor Cuomo continues to disclaim any wrongdoing. He additionally claims Bennett is a sexual assault survivor who trusted him together with her story and that she and her attorneys are have made “inferences” from his feedback that weren’t there. Cuomo can be suggesting that his bodily contact is cultural (in different phrases, he’s Italian). Sadly, he’s nonetheless speaking.
Replace 1:28 p.m. Cuomo says “politics and bias are interwoven” within the allegations in opposition to him.
Replace 2:43 p.m. Cuomo has launched an 85-page letter rebutting the sexual harassment accusations in opposition to him. Apparently, the pinnacle of anti-sexual harassment group Time’s Up thought it was an awesome thought (it wasn’t).
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