Governor Andrew Cuomo has been accused by his former assistant, Lindsey Boylan in late 2020. Governor Cuomo denied the allegation in December 2020. However, she has now gone ahead to make specific allegations that allegations that involved years of unwanted comments, touching, and an unexpected kiss on the lips on Wednesday.
On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a “full and independent investigation” when he was asked for his comments on the sexual harassment allegations made against Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The governor himself stayed silent on Thursday, with his office having longtime consultant Steve Cohen defend him, insisting he had “never seen anything of the like what Ms. Boyland has described,” adding that Cuomo had always been “appropriate” around him and other staff.
“These allegations are really disturbing, let us be clear about that, they’re really disturbing,” de Blasio said Thursday. “When a woman comes forward with this kind of specific allegations, we have to take these seriously. We need a full and independent investigation.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo is also facing another controversy in which an ongoing investigation is going on into his administration’s reporting of COVID nursing home deaths.
“I want to emphasize the word ‘independent’ investigation by some individual or entirety that is not compromised that is not something dominated by the governor’s office but an independent investigation,” said the mayor, who has butted heads with Cuomo at times over a myriad of city vs. state issues. “If it’s true, this is unacceptable in any public servant or anybody.”
“I think we have a moment in time today to recognize a major problem that has existed. A dirty little secret of society,” Cuomo said during a 2019 press conference with members of Time’s Up. “Sexual harassment, sexual abuse of women is a widespread, pervasive issue that has gone on for years in a male-dominated society.”
On Thursday, De Blasio said that he was not surprised by separate bullying allegations against Cuomo in connection with the ongoing probe into his administration’s handling of nursing home patients amid the coronavirus pandemic and its reporting of deaths in those facilities. According to NBC, the governor said he did not hit back at critics fast enough, which why he said confusion and anger continue to grow over his administration’s handling of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.
“I know some will brush off my experience as trivial. We are accustomed to powerful men behaving badly when no one is watching. But what does it say about us when everyone is watching and no one says a thing?” Boylan wrote.