Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who first got here ahead with sexual harassment allegations in opposition to the Democrat, is now calling for his resignation or elimination from workplace.
Boylan, who revealed a damning essay on Wednesday outlining accusations of inappropriate feedback, undesirable touching, and a pressured kiss on the lips, took to Twitter over the weekend after The New York Instances ran its bombshell report revealing Charlotte Bennett,, one other former aide, additionally leveling accusations of sexually-charged conversations.
“Like a true abuser, @NYGovCuomo continues to work behind the scenes to undermine the truth and to harm his many victims,” Boylan tweeted on Sunday. “His abuse of power never ends. He does not get to choose his judge and jury. We do. And what is abundantly clear to me is the governor should resign.”
She continued, “And if he does not resign, he should be removed from office. Not one more victim. Not one more life destroyed.”
Cuomo’s workforce seems to have backed away from its number of former Federal Choose Barbara Jones to steer an “independent review” of the allegations, leaving that call to New York Lawyer Basic Letitia James.
After the Instances broke its story on Saturday night, Boylan expressed her help for Bennett.
“I am with you Charlotte. We are with you. Always,” Boylan wrote. “I am so proud of you Charlotte.”
Boylan, the previous deputy secretary for financial growth and a particular adviser to Cuomo, accused the governor of going “out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs,” forcibly kissing her on the lips throughout a one-on-one briefing, and suggesting that they “play strip poker” throughout a airplane experience.
Cuomo’s workplace denied Boylan’s harassment claims, calling them “simply false” and insisting the strip poker remark “did not happen.”
In the meantime, Bennett, who’s described by the Instances as “an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration until she left in November,” alleged that Cuomo “asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.”
“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett instructed the Instances. “And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job.”
In a press launch on Saturday, Cuomo referred to as Bennett a “hardworking and valued member of our team during COVID” who has “every right to speak out.”
“When she came to me and opened up about being a sexual assault survivor and how it shaped her and her ongoing efforts to create an organization that empowered her voice to help other survivors, I tried to be supportive and helpful,” Cuomo stated in an announcement, which was issued to the Instances. “Ms. Bennett’s initial impression was right: I was trying to be a mentor to her. I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate. The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported.”
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