Cuomo accuser recalls toxic workplace culture ‘especially for women’

Cuomo accuser recalls toxic workplace culture 'especially for women'
Andrew Cuomo. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Lindsey Boylan, who was the first woman to publicly accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, said the workplace culture in the statehouse was “toxic, especially for women”. She said this in her first extensive interview about the alleged harassment against the New York Governor.

Boylan first accused Governor Cuomo of sexual harassment by tweeting about it late last year, and then she wrote an essay online detailing it last month. She has now revealed the toxic workplace environment.

In an interview with the New Yorker published this week, the accuser said she initially avoided interviews because “having someone dissect my trauma is not something I wanted”.

Several other women, most of them were Cuomo’s former aides, have since come forward with similar complaints against him, including unwanted advances and groping.

The Governor has denied ever touching anyone inappropriately, but admits that he may have made people feel uncomfortable. He is also facing calls to resign that have come from increasing numbers of top Democrats including Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Senator and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, popularly known as AOC.

Letitia James, The New York state attorney general and the state assembly are investigating the claims against the Governor. President Joe Biden said Cuomo should step down if the investigations confirm the allegations and in that case could face criminal prosecution.

Lindsey Boylan worked for New York’s government from 2015 to 2018. She had tweeted allegations of harassment by the Governor and in the New York statehouse, in the state capital in Albany, throughout 2020.

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