Former aide accuses Gov. Cuomo of repeated sexual harassment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who rose to popularity in the Democratic Party over the past year thanks to media adoration and his daily COVID-19 briefings, has found himself among the ranks of high-profile politicians being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.

According to Fox News, former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan published a bombshell series of tweets on Sunday in which she accused the New York governor of “years” of sexual harassment while she worked in close contact with him and his administration. 

The accusation

Boylan reportedly worked in various capacities for the state of New York until 2018 when she landed a job as deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor. The self-described “progressive” hammered Cuomo with the allegations in no uncertain terms.

“Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years,” Boylan tweeted. “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? This was the way for years.”

Boylan then doubled down, saying she suffered years of alleged sexual abuse in plain sight, and nobody attempted to do anything about it.

“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. No one. And I *know* I am not the only woman,” Boylan wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Her allegations against Cuomo came after she told a story about her mother being sexually harassed at a new job, which marked what she described as her “first experience” with workplace sexual harassment, as she was in high school at the time.

Cuomo’s response

Boylan made clear in yet another tweet that she was not at all interested in talking to the media about the situation or any specific events in which Cuomo sexually harassed her, claiming that she didn’t want to relive the situation.

According to the New York Post, Cuomo broke his silence on the matter on Monday in outright denial that anything Boylan alleged was true.

“It’s not true,” the governor said. “Look, I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opinion and express issues and concerns that she has. But it’s just not true.”

Just last week, Boylan described her time with Cuomo’s administration as the “most toxic team environment” that she had ever worked in, even claiming that her time as a waitress was an “infinitely more respectful environment.”

As Newsweek reported, Boylan’s accusations against the popular New York governor come at an inconvenient time, as Cuomo is reportedly on the shortlist for the U.S. attorney general position under an incoming Joe Biden administration.

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