NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is facing accusations of sexual harassment from a former aide and advisor, Lindsey Boylan, who insisted he sexually harassed her for several years while she worked in his office.

Boylan, who worked for the Cuomo administration from March 2015 to October 2018 alleged that he repeatedly harassed her and would often make inappropriate comments about her physical appearance while colleagues did nothing.

“Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years,” Lindsey Boylan alleged in a tweet Sunday morning. “Many saw it, and watched. I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation”:

Boylan, who recently joined the 2021 race for Manhattan borough president, suggested there are others who have also experienced and witnessed Cuomo sexually harassing office workers.

“Not knowing what to expect what’s the most upsetting part aside from knowing that no one would do a damn thing even when they saw it,” she wrote. “And I know I am not the only woman.”

“I’m angry to be put in this situation at all. That because I am a woman, I can work hard my whole life to better myself and help others and yet still fall victim as countless women over generations have. Mostly silently. I hate that some men, like [New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo] abuse their power:

 

In a series of tweets last week, Boylan called Cuomo’s office the “most toxic team environment,” where staffers were “deathly afraid” of his authority and people don’t come forward because they’re afraid of the repercussions.

“If people weren’t deathly afraid of him, they’d be saying the same thing and you’d already know the stories,” Boylan wrote last week. “Seriously, the messages and texts I receive when I speak the truth about this. … It’s a whole book of people who have been harmed.”

Boylan, who said she goes to therapy to work out the trauma she’s experiencing from her three years in the governor’s office, later tweeted, “To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists. I am about validating the experience of countless women and making sure abuse stops.”

In 2014, Cuomo referred to himself as a feminist.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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