#MeToo comes for Gov. Cuomo: ex-aide details harassment, unwanted kiss

by Peter Heck · Feb 24th, 2021 6:12 pm

Last Updated Feb 25th, 2021 at 12:49 pm

A former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lindsey Boylan, is offering extensive details to allegations she leveled in mid-December that the state's top Democrat sexually harassed her.

Boylan, who resigned from the governor's office in 2018, has shared a series of emails, screenshots, and witness comments that outline a pattern of aggressive behavior on the part of Cuomo. In one instance, she describes being kissed on the lips by the governor as she attempted to leave a meeting.

On another occasion Boylan describes returning on a taxpayer-funded jet with Cuomo where he suggested to her, "Let's play strip poker." Though the governor's office denies the conversation ever took place, Boylan said it was at that moment that she realized how bad she had let things become.

"Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected," she wrote. "His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences."

Boylan said that she has been in contact with at least one other female Cuomo staffer who has been subject to similar harassment from him. It prompted her to come forward with specifics not out of revenge, given that she is a loyal Democrat who says she enjoyed working for the administration, but because "his abusive behavior needs to stop."

Boylan's account emerges at a time that Cuomo is facing criticism not only for his handling of the state's nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis, but his abusive and bullying tactics towards lawmakers who have questioned him about it.


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