A staffer who has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of groping her at the executive mansion stated that he slammed the door of his office shut and then proceeded to tell her “I don’t care” when she protested against his physical touch. These comments were made in an interview that was published on Wednesday.
The interview was conducted with the Times Union of Albany and adds some pretty shocking new details to the most serious of the many allegations now facing the embattled Cuomo, who is currently the subject of an investigation after a series of women brought sexual harassment accusations against him.
The woman spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her privacy, although her identity is known within the governor’s circle, the Times Union reported.
“I remember him slamming (the door) so hard that I remember thinking to myself that I’m sure the staff is, like, ‘Is everything OK up there?’ He came right back and he pulled me close and all I remember is seeing his hand, his big hand,” the woman said during her interview with the newspaper. The incident is alleged to have happened in November.
Cuomo has denied touching anyone inappropriately but said he’s sorry if he made anyone uncomfortable.
The woman told the Times Union she had been summoned to the mansion from the nearby Capitol in November to help him with a problem with his iPhone. She said that when she reached his office on the second floor of the mansion, he began groping her in a sexually aggressive manner.
“I said to him, I said, ‘You’re going to get us in trouble,'” she recounted. “I didn’t know what else to say. … It was pretty much like ‘What are you doing?’ That’s when he slammed the door (shut). He said, ‘I don’t care.’”
He then allegedly came toward her again and groped her.
“I don’t remember actually saying the word ‘Stop.’ I think I said, ‘You’re crazy,'” she said to the newspaper. “I do remember saying that, and that’s when he ultimately stopped. … Me saying ‘You’re crazy’ — that was definitely not something that he wants to hear. It definitely was a hit to his ego. … And then it was almost like instantly he was done. … He turned around and walked back to his desk. He didn’t say anything. I walked myself out to the front door and nothing was said. … It was almost like I felt like a piece of garbage to him. I felt degraded.”
About a month later, the woman stated that she was taking dictation for the governor at his office when he mentioned the incident to her.
“Near the end of it, he looked up at me and he said, ‘You know, by the way, you know people talk in the office and you can never tell anyone about anything we talk about or, you know, anything, right?’” she went on to say. “I said, ‘I understand.’ He said, ‘Well, you know, I could get in big trouble, you know that.’ I said, ‘I understand, governor.’ And he said, ‘OK.’”
Cuomo has repeatedly brushed off the allegations against him, but man, these incidents are getting more and more detailed. Plus the sheer number of accusers is really not painting a picture of an innocent man.
Regardless, there are many reasons he should no longer be governor. Let’s hope he steps down or is impeached.