ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An aide to Contemporary York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he groped her in the governor’s residence, a newspaper reported Wednesday, in the most extreme allegation made but by a series of girls against the embattled Democrat.
The Times Union of Albany reported that the girl, who it did not name, turned into once by myself with Cuomo behind closing yr when he closed the door, reached below her shirt and fondled her. The newspaper’s reporting is in accordance with an unidentified source with reveal information of the girl’s accusation. The governor had summoned her to the Executive Mansion in Albany, saying he wished again with his cell phone, the newspaper reported.
“I in reality own by no manner performed anything esteem this,” Cuomo acknowledged by a spokesperson Wednesday evening.
“The particulars of this list are intestine-wrenching,” Cuomo acknowledged, adding that he would not insist to the specifics of this or any different allegation, given an ongoing investigation overseen by the boom licensed educated overall.
The three-time duration governor faces harassment allegations from lots of different girls and increasingly pressing calls for his resignation or impeachment from not lower than some fellow Democrats. Cuomo has continually acknowledged he obtained’t resign.
“He’s openly acknowledged he will not resign. And with additional mounting allegations which could well seemingly be deeply credible, we are in a keep now where I think we must calm impeach,” acknowledged Meeting member Jessica González-Rojas, a Democrat who had previously pushed for his resignation.
The girl whose yarn turned into once reported by the Times Union acknowledged Cuomo had touched her and made flirtatious comments on a couple of occasions. According to the newspaper, her allegations came to gentle as Cuomo staffers watched the governor’s March 3 information convention, his first after a recent spherical of sexual harassment claims made in behind February.
In it, he denied ever touching a girl inappropriately. The aide subsequently turned into emotional, and informed a female supervisor who approached her about her encounters with the governor. No lower than one supervisor reported the allegation to an licensed educated in the governor’s administrative center Monday, the newspaper reported.
Prior to Wednesday’s list, the allegations against Cuomo include a combination of claims that he made the administrative center an dejected keep for young girls, ranging from flirtatious comments to a nonconsensual kiss.
No lower than five accusers — Charlotte Bennett, Lindsey Boylan, Ana Liss, Karen Hinton and the most contemporary accuser — labored for the governor in Albany or during his time in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet. Yet every other, Anna Ruch, informed The Contemporary York Times that she met Cuomo at a chum’s wedding.
Bennett’s licensed educated, Debra Katz, acknowledged in an announcement launched Wednesday evening that the most contemporary allegations are “eerily equivalent” to the feeble aide’s own list.
Bennett, 25, has acknowledged she turned into once summoned to the Capitol on a weekend and left by myself with Cuomo, who requested her for again with his cell phone. She has acknowledged Cuomo requested about her intercourse existence and requested if she would be inaugurate to a relationship with an older man. Bennett did not reveal that Cuomo tried to grope her.
“The Governor’s sexual harassment, which Charlotte Bennett reported, turned into once buried by his aides and by no manner smartly investigated,” Katz’s assertion acknowledged. “Due to their enablement, one other young girl turned into once left in injure’s reach.”
Cuomo has denied inappropriately touching anyone, but has acknowledged he’s sorry if he made anyone dejected and didn’t intend to finish so.
Tell Legal educated Overall Letitia James has build collectively an investigative personnel to probe Cuomo’s administrative center habits. The governor has called on lawmakers and the general public to await the results of that investigation. Federal investigators are also scrutinizing how his administration handled information concerning COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing properties.
Cuomo has been below fireplace for weeks, beginning with revelations that his administration withheld particulars from the general public concerning the pandemic’s death toll among residents in boom nursing properties. Scrutiny of the governor — who obtained accolades during the tip of the coronavirus pandemic for management that yielded a e book deal and calls for a national political occupation — intensified when feeble adviser Boylan, 36, reiterated harassment claims made in December, fleshing them out in a behind February blog post.
It turned into once unclear how much the most contemporary allegation would additional erode Cuomo’s make stronger in the Legislature. Whereas lots of boom legislators from both parties own called for Cuomo’s resignation or impeachment, most had indicated they’ll anticipate the probe’s conclusion.
Meeting member Pat Fahy, who had joined a neighborhood of female lawmakers urging Contemporary York to support for the investigation to sprint judgment on Cuomo, acknowledged she’s now “torn” and plans to own in the morning whether or not she’ll call on him to resign.
“I don’t think he’s going to resign,” the Democrat acknowledged. “But if all of right here is appropriate, If the investigation comes out saying right here is credible, these are appropriate, these own advantage, I don’t look for the reach he can’t.”
Others who had previously called for Cuomo’s impeachment reiterated their calls for him to sprint.
“How finish we permit this man to manual our boom? We must impeach,” Democratic Meeting member Zohran Kwame Mamdani tweeted Wednesday evening.
Republican Meeting member Mike Lawler on Twitter called Cuomo “a sexual predator” who must calm be charged.
Sen reported from Los Angeles. Connected Press writer Michael Hill contributed to this list from Albany.