Lindsay Boylan was the first of 11 women to accuse former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment
The first women to accuse former New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct, leading the politician to step down in disgrace last month, criticized his brother after news of his own alleged sexual harassment emerged in 2005.
Lindsay Boylan took aim at CNN host Chris Cuomo and his employers after Cuomo’s longtime boss at ABC, Shelley Ross, revealed he had grabbed her 16 years ago, but at a party.
Ross recounted the incident in an op-ed in the New York Times, saying that Cuomo then sent her an email saying he was “ashamed.”
She wrote that she wanted Cuomo, who advised his brother during his sexual harassment scandal, to be held accountable for his actions.
Boylan, a former aide to Cuomo who broke her silence on the politician’s sexual harassment in December 2020, praised Ross for his focus on “responsibility.”
“Thank you Shelley Ross. Your focus on responsibility is just right,” Boylan tweeted. “@ChrisCuomo do you want to hold yourself accountable?”
‘Being accountable is key. Without accountability there is no progress or abuse. Being accountable means taking responsibility, understanding the magnitude of the damage and showing transparency in efforts to change,” she wrote on Friday.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by his former ABC boss Shelley Ross (right), who claims he squeezed her butt when he greeted her at a bar
Andrew Cuomo on the left and Chris Cuomo on the right. The CNN anchor is under fire for his handling of his brother’s sexual harassment scandal
Boylan tweeted that she wanted to see Chris Cuomo held accountable for his actions
Boylan also asked CNN and its CEO, Jeff Zucker, to get involved and hold Cuomo accountable.
Boylan has become a champion of accountability after being harshly criticized for her allegations against Andrew Cuomo, who launched a smear campaign against her when she first spoke out against him, according to a report from the attorney general.
She has since filed a lawsuit against the former governor for his attempts to discredit her and make her an example to the other women he harassed, the New York times reported.
Chris Cuomo had also defended his brother against Boylan’s claims and has come under fire for advising his brother during the scandal.
Chris Cuomo can be seen here on Friday night leaving the Hamptons airport – the first time he was seen the explosive charges came to light
Ross, who has spoken out in the past about being sexually harassed by the late Fox News boss and serial sex bully Roger Ailes, said Cuomo gave her a “bear hug” at the bar and grabbed and squeezed her buttocks.
Cuomo later sent her an email apologizing for his actions, she said.
Ross added that she did not believe his actions were “sexual in nature” but rather a “form of sexual harassment” in which he tried to “belittle and belittle his female former boss.”
“I never thought Mr. Cuomo’s behavior was sexual in nature,” she wrote.
“Whether he understood it at the time or not, his form of sexual harassment was a hostile act designed to belittle and belittle his former female boss in front of the staff.”
The CNN anchor has not denied the allegations, telling the Times on Thursday “it happened 16 years ago” and “was not sexual in nature.”
“As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened in a public setting 16 years ago when she was a top executive at ABC,” he said.
“I then apologized to her and I meant it.”
As of Friday afternoon, CNN has not yet responded to the allegations against Cuomo.
David Simone, Shelley Ross and Ryan Silverman in 2014. Ross said the incident took place in the presence of her husband Simone
At the time of the alleged incident, Ross had recently moved from executive producer on ABC’s “Primetime Live” — where Cuomo was an anchor — to executive producer on an ABC entertainment special.
Ross said Cuomo explained his actions that night as okay because she was “no longer my boss.”
“I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman and sipped his Diet Coke while talking with work friends,” she wrote in the op-ed.
“As Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked up to me and greeted me with a big bear hug as he lowered one hand to grip and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.”
Cuomo told her, “I can’t do this now that you’re no longer my boss,” she claimed, adding that it was said “with a kind of cocky arrogance.”
Ross said she pushed Cuomo away from her while her husband witnessed what had happened.
“No, you can’t,” I said, pushing him away from me by the chest as I stepped back and revealed my husband, who had seen the entire episode up close. We left quickly,” she wrote.
CHRIS CUOMO SENDS EMAIL APPOINTMENT
Subject line: “Now that I think about it…I’m ashamed.”
E-mail: ‘although my cordial greeting was meant to be glad to see you…
“Christian Slater was arrested for a (sort of) similar act (though with an alleged negative intent, unlike mine)…
so pass on my apologies to your very good and noble husband…
‘next time I will remember the lesson, however glad I am to see you…’
Ross said she received an email from Cuomo an hour later saying she was “ashamed” of his behavior.
The email, dated June 1, 2005, first apologized to Ross’ “very good and noble husband” for having to witness his wife “being beaten as such” — and secondly apologized to her. .
“Come to think of it…I’m ashamed,” read the email’s subject line.
“although my cordial greeting was meant to be glad to see you…” the email began.
Cuomo then went on to compare his actions to those of Hollywood actor Christian Slater, who had been arrested a month earlier for allegedly randomly grabbing a woman’s buttocks as she walked down a street in Manhattan, New York City.
Slater was charged with third-degree sexual assault, but the charges were later dropped.
“Christian Slater was arrested for a (sort of) similar act (albeit with an alleged negative intent, unlike mine)…” the email read.
so pass on my apologies to your very good and noble husband…
He ended the email with, “Next time I’ll remember the lesson, no matter how happy I am to see you…”
In her op-ed, Ross said she wondered if Cuomo was “ashamed” of “what he did, or was he ashamed that my husband saw it?”
She added: ‘Mr. Cuomo can say that this is a sincere apology. I’ve always seen it as an attempt to provide oneself with legal and moral cover to avoid liability.’