A fourth woman has accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behavior, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Ana Liss is also the third former assistant to allege Cuomo acted inappropriately at work. Liss, who worked as a policy and operations assistant from 2013 to 2015, told the Journal that Cuomo asked if she had a boyfriend and called him a “sweetheart.” Liss also said the governor touched her lower back and kissed her hand once.
Last week, two other former staff members accused Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances.
Lindsey Boylan said on Friday that Cuomo made unwanted sexual advances on her. She resigned in 2018 after the governor kissed her on the lips without her consent. The next day, Charlotte Bennett said Cuomo asked her inappropriate questions and made unwanted sexual advances on her as well.
Following the allegations, Cuomo released a statement Sunday and said his behavior towards women was “wrongly interpreted as unwanted flirtation.”
He said he teased people about their personal lives but never proposed or touched anyone inappropriately.
Anna Ruch told the New York Times on Monday that she met Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019. He allegedly placed a hand on her bare lower back and called her “aggressive” when she did. ‘removed. Ruch said Cuomo then placed his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her.
Karen Hinton, who worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development while Cuomo ran the agency in the late 1990s, told the Washington Post that she had an inappropriate exchange with Cuomo in 2000.
Hinton worked at the agency for 4.5 years and is said to have had “contentious” differences with Cuomo, including a screaming blasphemy-filled match just before he left.
She alleged that Cuomo called her to her hotel room after an event in California, when he pulled her to her body and held her before she backed up and left.
Peter Ajemian, Cuomo’s communications director, told Insider that Hinton’s account to the Post was inaccurate.
Karen Hinton is a known antagonist to the Governor who tries to use this moment to score cheap points with allegations made up 21 years ago. All women have a right to come forward and tell their story – however, it is “It is also the press’s responsibility to consider self-motivation. It is unwise,” Ajemian said.
Several other contributors also told the Post that Cuomo promotes an abusive culture in the workplace. “You didn’t know which Andrew you were going to get,” a woman who worked at HUD during Cuomo’s tenure told The Post.
Young women who worked for Cuomo and remained anonymous for fear of reprisal told the Post and Journal that Cuomo would ask questions about their love life. Three of the women told the Post that they didn’t see this as proposals, but as part of the larger culture that degraded women in Cuomo’s office. The Journal reported that the women also accused Cuomo of touching them and of commenting on their appearance.
Rich Azzopardi, a senior assistant at Cuomo, told the Post he had never heard this type of abusive language used.
“The people of this state have elected the governor to represent them four times in the past 14 years and they know he is working day and night for them. It’s no secret these are tough jobs and the work is demanding, but we have a high level team with many employees who have been here for years, and many more who are. left and came back. The governor is direct with employees if their work is poor because New Yorkers deserve nothing less than excellence, ”Azzopardi said in a report.