Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly reached under the blouse of a female aide and groped her “aggressively,” a source familiar with the woman’s claims told the Albany Times Union.
The aide went to the Governor’s Mansion outside of work hours after Cuomo requested that she help him with a problem he was having with his cell phone, the source told the Albany Times Union in a report published Wednesday. However, Cuomo took her into his private residence on the second floor and groped her, the source said.
Cuomo denied the allegation Tuesday after it was first reported.
A female aide to Andrew Cuomo alleges he aggressively groped her in a sexually charged manner after she had been summoned to the governor’s mansion late last year.
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The aide also claimed that Cuomo “frequently engaged in flirtatious behavior with her, and that it was not the only time that he had touched her,” the source told the Albany Times Union. (RELATED: Ex-US Attorney Will Lead Investigation Into Cuomo Sexual Harassment Allegation)
The aide reported the incident to a supervisor after Cuomo’s March 3 press conference in which he denied any inappropriate sexual contact, according to the source.
“I certainly never ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain,” he said at the March 3 press conference, further characterizing his behavior as “unintentional.”
Cuomo repeated his denial to the Times Union. “As I said yesterday, I have never done anything like this. The details of this report are gut-wrenching. I am not going to speak to the specifics of this or any other allegation given the ongoing review, but I am confident in the result of the attorney general’s report,” he said. (RELATED: Biden Silent On Cuomo #MeToo Allegations)
Top New York lawmakers called on Cuomo to resign, and New York state Republicans plan to introduce a resolution to impeach Cuomo over the sexual misconduct allegations and his cover-up of COVID-19 nursing home deaths.