Andrew Cuomo prosecutor Lindsey Boylan likened him to Star Wars’ revolting Jabba the Hutt last night in a fresh attack on New York’s controversial governor.
Boylan shared a photo of the snail-like Jabba with Princess Leia in his grip in a famous scene from 1983’s Return of the Jedi, adding the caption, ‘Just the good old office welcome to women in the Governor’s office of New York’.
Boylan’s tweet, alleging that Cuomo kissed her on the lips without her consent, prompted fellow prosecutor Ana Liss to respond with a GIF from Jurassic Park that features a glass of water trembling as a dinosaur prowls nearby.
“Tfw he’s approaching your desk,” she wrote, implying that Cuomo is a dinosaur and highlighting a series of claims by Cuomo executives saying his office was an uncomfortable place for women.
The governor has denied allegations of inappropriate touching, but said he was sorry if his behavior had “ made people uncomfortable. ”
Lindsey Boylan put this depiction of Jabba the Hutt with Princess Leia in his grip in a famous scene from Return of the Jedi, comparing her to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Fellow Cuomo prosecutor Ana Liss followed with a GIF of a trembling cup of water from Jurassic Park, suggesting that Cuomo is a dinosaur
The flurry of allegations against Cuomo has led to repeated calls for his resignation, but he has so far refused to bow to the pressure.
In addition to claims of physical misconduct, Cuomo has been accused of making objective comments and asking women unwelcome questions about their sex life.
Others have described unwanted hugs or kisses or made comments that they interpreted as gauging their interest in a relationship.
One staffer says she was told to sit in Cuomo’s ‘line of sight’ and later said the governor loved blondes wearing high heels.
Boylan, who was the first prosecutor to speak publicly, claims that Cuomo would “ go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs. ”
She first brought up the allegations in December, but worked further earlier this year in a post prompting several other women to come forward.
They included Liss, who said Cuomo had kissed her hand, asked if she had a boyfriend, called her “sweetheart,” and would greet her with a kiss on both cheeks.
“It’s actually not appropriate in any setting,” she told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published earlier this month. “I wish he would take me seriously.”
Cuomo denies sexual harassment, but has acknowledged that it was a ‘habit’ for him to kiss and hug people when he greeted them.
The 63-year-old Democrat has also said he was sorry if his behavior had “made people feel uncomfortable.”
Andrew Cuomo, in the photo, denies sexual harassment but has said he is sorry if people are uncomfortable with his behavior
Lindsey Boylan, pictured last weekend at a rally calling for Cuomo’s resignation, was the first prosecutor to speak out publicly against the governor
New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the claims against Cuomo, with President Biden telling him to stop if they prove to be true.
Cuomo declined on Wednesday to say what his office is doing to ensure a safe work environment for female assistants.
Speaking to reporters from his Manhattan office, Cuomo said, “there are rules” about how employers should handle such complaints.
He then turned to his special counsel, Beth Garvey, to elaborate.
“Certainly, any person who comes forward and makes a complaint is protected from retaliation, and we make sure that happens in this case too,” Garvey said.
In addition to the bullying claims, Cuomo is also under pressure due to alleged wrongdoing in dealing with Covid-19 in New York.
Once seen as a leader in the response to the pandemic, Cuomo has since been accused of hiding deaths in nursing homes during last year’s outbreak.
The New York state assembly is holding an impeachment investigation against Cuomo, while a federal investigation is also underway into the deaths in nursing homes.
Additionally, new claims have emerged that Cuomo used his office to secure Covid tests for family members, including his brother Chris at CNN.
James has urged New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate the alleged preferential testing after reports were published in the Times Union of Albany, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
A spokesman for the ethics committee, Walt McClure, said the committee could not say “about anything that is or could be a research issue.”