Former Cuomo aide says New York governor kissed her without consent

Former Cuomo aide says New York governor kissed her without consent
The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: A former member of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment revealed new details on Wednesday, saying he once kissed her on the lips without consent after a private meeting.

Lindsey Boylan, a Democrat running for Manhattan borough president, said that during her more than three years working as an economic adviser in Mr Cuomo’s administration, the Governor “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs”, compared her to one of his rumored ex-girlfriends and once joked they should play strip poker.

Boylan wrote in a post on the website Medium that the kiss happened after she gave Govorner Cuomo a one-on-one briefing on economic and infrastructure projects in his New York City office.

She said: “As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips. I was in shock, but I kept walking.”

“The idea that someone might think I held my high-ranking position because of the Governor’s ‘crush’ on me was more demeaning than the kiss itself.”

Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, confirmed that she had posted the blog, but did not respond to a request for further comment.

Boylan tweeted in December that Cuomo sexually harassed her, but she didn’t reveal details and declined interview requests.

At the time, the New York Governor denied that he did anything inappropriate.

He told reporters: “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.”

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