In Cuomo’s breakup with Sandra Lee: Ex-aides claim the governor’s deceit was an open secret

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A new report claims that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s long-term relationship with celebrity chef Sandra Lee may have been cut short due to suspicions of infidelity.

Lee, 54, has remained remarkably quiet since allegations first emerged that Cuomo sexually assaulted female executives – and now sources are telling the New York Post that they suspect Cuomo was cheating on her with at least one assistant.

The report detailed claimed that Cuomo’s team jealously guarded his schedule from Lee while he spent long nights at the office surrounded by young staffers and snuck into a restaurant that shared a building with his Manhattan office for late night drinks.

“It was an open secret,” an ex-assistant told the newspaper. Andrew slept with at least one other woman who wasn’t Sandra before they officially ended their relationship.

Cuomo is seen with Sandra Lee in 2013. Lee, the celebrity chef and Food Network star, started dating Cuomo in 2005 and they broke up in 2019

Cuomo is seen with Sandra Lee in 2013. Lee, the celebrity chef and Food Network star, started dating Cuomo in 2005 and they broke up in 2019

Cuomo vehemently denied the allegations, telling the Post, “Any suggestion that I had a sexual relationship with a member of my staff or that I was unfaithful to Sandy is false.”

Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to an out-of-hours email request from DailyMail.com regarding the claims made by the former executives.

Lee, the celebrity chef and Food Network star, began dating Cuomo in 2005, following his divorce from Kerry Kennedy, with whom he shares three daughters, and the couple broke up in 2019 after more than a decade together.

Cuomo was famously portrayed as her doting boyfriend during her battle with breast cancer in 2015, when she underwent a double mastectomy.

The couple shared Lee’s home in Mount Kisco, which she named Lily Pond and transformed into a much-loved showpiece for years.

The couple’s breakup was apparently amicable, and in a joint statement they said at the time, “We have realized that our lives have gone in different directions and our romantic relationship has turned into a deep friendship.”

But behind the scenes, five former Cuomo executives told the Post they were convinced he was involved with, or at least chased, a staffer while living with Lee.

Lee can be seen in a recent selfie in Malibu, where she has retired to start a new life. “There is clearly a reason why Sandra moved to California – she literally couldn’t have moved further from Andrew,” said a former staff member.

The couple shared Lee's home in Mount Kisco, which they named Lily Pond, and spent years transforming it into a much-loved showpiece before selling the house in December.

The couple shared Lee's home in Mount Kisco, which they named Lily Pond, and spent years transforming it into a much-loved showpiece before selling the house in December.

The couple shared Lee’s home in Mount Kisco, which they named Lily Pond, and spent years transforming it into a much-loved showpiece before selling the house in December.

One of them told how a state soldier who picked up Cuomo in Lily Pond early in the morning was surprised to see him leave the house with a staff member. “There was no reason for this woman to be there so early,” the person said.

Cuomo’s spokesperson denied that staff members had ever spent the night at the Mount Kisco home, saying they occasionally met him there early in the morning to join his entourage to drive to an event.

Staff also asked about a trip to Israel in 2017, when a female staff member was booked in an adjoining hotel room, but travel logs were changed to show a state soldier in the room.

Cuomo staffer Steve Cannon told the Post that under travel rules, security personnel are the only ones allowed to stay in adjoining rooms when the governor travels, and when the hotel’s mistake was discovered in room reservations, the room assignments were changed.

Others say Cuomo left strict instructions with staff not to tell Lee when he slipped out of his Midtown Manhattan office to have a late night drink at Docks, a seafood restaurant in the same building.

“I was going to ask if Sandra went on a trip with Andrew, and all the mean girls … started laughing and said nothing. They would roll their eyes, ”said one former employee.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, accompanied by top assistant Melissa DeRosa, walks to talk to reporters after meeting President-elect Donald Trump in 2017

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, accompanied by top assistant Melissa DeRosa, walks to talk to reporters after meeting President-elect Donald Trump in 2017

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, accompanied by top assistant Melissa DeRosa, walks to talk to reporters after meeting President-elect Donald Trump in 2017

`` Any suggestion that I had a sexual relationship with a member of my staff or that I was unfaithful to Sandy is false, '' said Cuomo, seen above with Lee in 2007.

`` Any suggestion that I had a sexual relationship with a member of my staff or that I was unfaithful to Sandy is false, '' said Cuomo, seen above with Lee in 2007.

“ Any suggestion that I had a sexual relationship with a member of my staff or that I was unfaithful to Sandy is false, ” said Cuomo, seen above with Lee in 2007.

Former assistant Ana Liss, one of the women accused of sexual harassment from Cuomo, also said the governor’s personal diary was kept away from Lee.

“I know from my time working there that Sandra was very clearly kept away from Andrew by the people who checked his schedule,” Liss told the Post.

She was only publicly produced on certain special occasions. Given the lack of frequency of their time spent together in public and private, it had a performative character. I felt like I was looking at Princess Diana. She [Sandra] is a beautiful, stately woman who complemented the governor’s gruffness, ‘she added.

“She never stayed in the mansion I was aware of,” said Liss, adding that “it seemed strange to me that he was rarely at her home.”

A Cuomo spokesman vehemently denied these claims, saying that Lee regularly spent time at the Albany Governor’s mansion and that a copy of Cuomo’s daily schedule was emailed to her every night.

Former staffers also told of questionable pool parties at the governor’s mansion and “movie nights” attended by female staffers, all without Lee, who often traveled to the west coast to provide for the family.

Former assistant Ana Liss (above), one of the women accused of sexual harassment by Cuomo, also said the governor's personal diary was kept away from Lee

Former assistant Ana Liss (above), one of the women accused of sexual harassment by Cuomo, also said the governor's personal diary was kept away from Lee

Former assistant Ana Liss (above), one of the women accused of sexual harassment by Cuomo, also said the governor’s personal diary was kept away from Lee

“Andrew’s treatment of Sandra is part of the puzzle that will complete the picture about this man,” said one staff member.

The governor’s spokesman said all staff meetings outside of work were family-friendly and did not result in guests staying overnight at the governor’s mansion.

“Sandra was a big part of the family and the office has nothing but respect for her,” said the spokesperson.

Lee has not yet publicly spoken out to support or condemn Cuomo after at least 10 women accused him of making unwanted comments, lewd proposals, or inappropriate touching.

Cuomo has previously said that he never forced himself on anyone and that at worst, his affectionate and playful nature could have been misinterpreted.

In Malibu, where she has family ties, Lee has made a fresh start and embraced the West Coast by living in a $ 3.38 million beachfront home that sits right on the water and offers spectacular views of the coastline and the expansive Pacific Ocean offers.

After settling into her new beachfront home, Lee has posted statements of support for her friends and family members on Instagram, including a beloved uncle who has health issues.

“I send peace and loving healing greetings to everyone from Malibu! The best sunsets ever thank God for the ocean! she wrote in a post in February.

There is clearly a reason why Sandra moved to California – she literally couldn’t have moved farther from Andrew. She’s on the edge of the Pacific, ”an insider told the Post. “Andrew is poisonous.”