Andrew Cuomo’s impeachment hotline receives 200 tips about his behavior amid sexual harassment claims

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Lindsay Boylan, 36

Former assistant Lindsay Boylan, 36, was the first woman to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment in a Medium post on Feb. 24. She claimed that the governor had asked her to play strip poker and kissed her on the lips without her permission when she worked for him in 2017.

Lindsay Boylan, 36

Lindsay Boylan, 36

Charlotte Bennett, 25

Charlotte Bennett, 25, came forward a few days after Boylan, claiming that Cuomo sexually assaulted her last June while working as a health policy adviser in his administration at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.

Bennett accused Cuomo of “grooming” her and asking inappropriate questions about her sex life.

She also claimed he told her he was open to dating women in their 20s.

BENNETT said the governor asked her about her love life – including if she had ever had sex with older men – and talked about his own life, saying age differences didn’t matter in relationships and he was open to dating women over 22 years old.

At a meeting alone in his office, the governor said he was lonely and said he wanted to hug someone, Bennett said.

She said she quickly complained to Cuomo’s chief of staff and was transferred to another job.

She said she spoke to a governor’s attorney but was not pushing for further action because she liked her new post and wanted to move on.

Charlotte Bennett, 25

Charlotte Bennett, 25

Anna Ruch, 33

Anna Ruch was the third woman to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment and the only one so far not to work with him in a professional capacity. She claimed Cuomo put his hands on her face and asked if he could kiss her just after they met at a September 2019 wedding in Manhattan.

Anna Ruch, 33

Anna Ruch, 33

Ana Liss, 35

Ana Liss, 35, a former assistant, said Cuomo asked her if she had a boyfriend, once kissed her hand on her desk and called her with condescending names, including ‘blondie’, ‘sweetheart’ and ‘honey’.

At a reception, the governor hugged her and put his arm around her lower back and waist as they posed for the photo, Liss said.

She said she eventually asked for a transfer. In an interview, Liss said she was “not necessarily claiming sexual harassment,” but felt the administration was “not a safe place for young women to work.”

Liss, who previously served as Cuomo’s policy and operations adviser between 2013 and 2015, told the Wall Street Journal that the governor had subjected her to unsolicited claims during her time in his administration, including touching her lower back, kissing her hand. and questioning her. about her love life.

Ana Liss, 35

Ana Liss, 35

Karen Hinton, 62

The oldest allegations against Cuomo came from Karen Hinton, who served as a press officer for him when he headed the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development two decades ago, and she was an adviser to the agency. Hinton told the Washington Post about a 2000 incident when she said Cuomo called her to his “dimly lit” hotel room and hugged her after a work event. She said she tried to pull away from Cuomo when he pulled her back and held her before she managed to escape the room.

Karen Hinton, 62

Karen Hinton, 62

Unnamed Sixth Prosecutor

The most damning allegations made against Cuomo to date came from a sixth prosecutor, whose name has not been released.

The prosecution, who is a Cuomo staff member, claimed he closed a door, reached under her blouse and stroked her after calling her to the governor’s mansion in Albany for help with his cell phone, according to the Times Union of Albany .

It first reported on its accusation last month; she then provided more details in her first interview on the matter, which was published Wednesday.

The woman spoke on condition of anonymity to protect her privacy, although her identity is known within the circle of the governor, the Times Union reported.

The woman, an executive assistant, told the Times Union that for years the governor gave her cheek kisses and inappropriately tight hugs and made comments including, ‘If you were single, the things I’d do to you’ and ‘I’m single and ready for action. ‘

Then one day in November, she was called to his Executive Mansion office to help him with a mobile problem, she said.

He got up from his desk, started groping her and told her ‘I don’t care’ after she tried to distract him by saying he was going to get them in trouble, then he slammed the door, she said .

Then he reached under her blouse and clutched one of her breasts over her bra, she told the newspaper.

The woman told a colleague about the alleged meeting this winter, and the employee told a supervisor in early March, the newspaper said.

Cuomo called the report ‘heartbreaking’ in a March statement, saying, ‘I’ve never done anything like it.’

Another female assistant, who has remained anonymous, claimed he called her to his Executive Mansion last year, reached under her blouse, and stroked her

Another female assistant, who has remained anonymous, claimed he called her to his Executive Mansion last year, reached under her blouse, and stroked her

Jessica Bakeman

Jessica Bakeman claimed in a first-person article for New York Magazine that she had been sexually harassed by Cuomo on several occasions since the beginning of her journalism career in 2012.

Bakeman added her vote as the seventh plaintiff, describing the governor touching inappropriately while continuing to deny all claims.

“ He took my hand, as if to shake it, then refused to let go, ” Bakeman wrote of interacting with Cuomo when she said goodnight at a Christmas party in 2014 when she was only 25 years old.

“He put his other arm around my back, his hand around my waist, and held me firmly in place as he indicated to a photographer he wanted us to pose for a photo.”

Bakeman was working for what is now Politico New York at the time, claiming that red flags were raised because her “job was to analyze and investigate him.”

“I didn’t want a picture of him with his hands on my body and a smile on my face,” she wrote.

Jessica Bakeman, a reporter who once covered the Cuomo administration, was the seventh woman to come forward with claims of harassment

Jessica Bakeman, a reporter who once covered the Cuomo administration, was the seventh woman to come forward with claims of harassment

But I made the reflexive assessment that most women and marginalized people instinctively know, the calculation of risk and power and self-preservation. I knew it would be much easier to smile for the brief moment it takes to take a picture than it would be to challenge one of the most powerful men in the country. ‘

In an earlier incident in 2012 while working for USA Today, Bakeman also claims that Cuomo held her by his side while telling a story to her male colleagues.

“He left it there and pinned me next to him for a few minutes when he finished telling his story,” she said. “I stood there, my cheeks hot, giggling nervously as my male colleagues did the same. We all knew it was wrong, but we didn’t do anything. ‘

The reporter, who now works in Florida, claimed that Cuomo “ never lets me forget I was a woman, ” as she also claimed he made frequent attempts to humiliate her, including calling her purple phone instead of her question to be answered during a press conference. .

Alyssa McGrath, 33

McGrath, a current administrative assistant at Cuomo’s office, told The New York Times that he looked at her shirt, questioned her about her marital status, and told her she was beautiful, using an Italian phrase she said to her parents. had to ask to translate.

McGrath did not say the governor made sexual contact with her, but thought his behavior was sexual harassment.

She recalled Cuomo kissing her on the forehead and gripping her tightly on the sides as she posed for a photo at an office Christmas party in 2019.

Alyssa McGrath (pictured) is one of two aides who came forward to charge the governor with harassment

Alyssa McGrath (pictured) is one of two aides who came forward to charge the governor with harassment

Sherry Vill, 55

Sherry Vill, 55, accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct on Monday at a press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred.

She claims Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her “ aggressively and sexually ” on both cheeks in May 2017 while traveling through her home in Greece, near Rochester, inspecting the local flood damage.

Vill, who said she was uncomfortable at the time, shared a photo her daughter took the day Cuomo held her face while kissing her cheek and her lawyer held up several photos showing the governor in her house.

The same photos appear on Cuomo’s Flickr account, as well as several others showing him kissing and greeting the residents as he tours the city.

None of the women in the other photos have accused the director of inappropriate behavior or misconduct.

Sherry Vill, 55, accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct on Monday.  Vill, who said she was uncomfortable at the time, shared a photo her daughter took the day Cuomo held her face while kissing her cheek.

Sherry Vill, 55, accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct on Monday. Vill, who said she was uncomfortable at the time, shared a photo her daughter took the day Cuomo held her face while kissing her cheek.

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