Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo became something of a celebrity in his party following frequent news conferences and clashes with President Donald Trump during the early months of the pandemic.
In recent days, however, he has been forced to answer to a former aide’s claim that he sexually harassed her, thus far going no further than to dismiss them out of hand as “not true.”
“Many saw it, and watched”
The mainstream media has paid little attention to the brewing scandal, despite his prior assertions that the claims of women deserve to be heard and believed.
Lindsey Boylan, a progressive candidate for Manhattan borough president who worked for Cuomo in various roles from 2015 to 2018.
Her criticism first attracted widespread attention earlier this month when she labeled his office as the “most toxic team environment” she had ever been in.
Without initially delving into the specifics, she accused Cuomo of having been “abusive” and insisted that she was not the only one on the receiving end of the egotistical boss’s abuse.
In a lengthy Twitter thread about sexual harassment on Sunday, Boylan wrote: “Yes, [Cuomo] sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched.”
“This was the way for years”
She went on to describe the alleged environment in which she and other staffers worked.
“I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks,” she added. “Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.”
Boylan went on to assert that no one around her would intervene to help, declaring that she knows she was “not the only woman” who Cuomo targeted with such behavior.
Of course, the governor brushed off her claims as a nonstory during a press conference on Monday.
In response to a reporter’s question, he confirmed that he “heard about the tweet” before going on to tout his record of fighting for a woman’s “right to come forward and express her opinion and express issues and concerns that she has, but it’s just not true.”