Cuomo hit with new claims of sexual harassment from aide currently still working in governor’s office

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A ninth accuser has lodged sexual harassment accusations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though there seems to be a fervent desire among the governor’s hardcore supporters for this whole sexual harassment issue to simply be dropped.

“Alyssa McGrath, an employee of the governor’s office, described a series of unsettling interactions with the governor, [saying] that Mr. Cuomo would ogle her body, remark on her looks, and make suggestive comments to her and another executive aide,” The New York Times reported Friday.

“Ms. McGrath, 33, is the first current aide in Mr. Cuomo’s office to speak publicly about allegations of harassment inside the Capitol. Her account of casual sexual innuendo echoes other stories that have emerged in recent weeks about a demeaning office culture, particularly for young women who worked closely with the governor,” the report added.

The first set of accusations from a current aide were reported last week by the Times Union, a newspaper based out of Albany. In a report published March 9th, the paper documented allegations from a current aide/staff member who claims Cuomo touched her without consent last year at the New York State Executive Mansion.

Speaking with the Times, McGrath said that the still-unidentified first accuser had spoken to her about it after the Time Union’s report was published.

“She froze when he started doing that stuff to her. But who are you going to tell?” she reportedly said to the Times, describing what the other woman had said.

“She added that the co-worker, who has not been publicly identified, told her that the governor had asked her not to talk about the alleged incident, knowing that the two women regularly spoke and texted about their interactions with Mr. Cuomo,” according to the Times.

“He told her specifically not to tell me,” McGrath reportedly said.

In response to hearing this, McGrath decided to go ahead and not only talk about the other woman’s experiences but also talk about her own.

“In several interviews conducted over the past week, Ms. McGrath described a pattern of the governor mixing flirtatious banter with more personal comments, as well as a subtle and persistent cultivation of competitive relationships between female co-workers in his office. It was something she said was compounded and protected by a demand for secrecy, and normalized inside the governor’s inner circle,” the Times reported.

As one example, she described a bizarre situation that happened on New Year’s Eve 2019 when Cuomo first asked another female co-worker to pose with him for a photograph and then sent the photograph to McGrath.

The Times, which reviewed the photo, described the governor “sitting in a chair at the Executive Mansion with the aide, her face next to his, nearly touching.”

McGrath believes the governor had been trying to “make me jealous” as part of his effort of playing favorites among the female staffers.

“We were told from the beginning that was a typical move of his. Who was the girl of the week? Who was the girl of the month?” she said to the Times.

This isn’t the first time the governor’s alleged behavior has been documented with a photo.

According to McGrath, Cuomo’s inappropriate behavior began not too long after she was hired in mid-2018.

In one instance, Cuomo allegedly called her to the office in his mansion and then peppered her with compliments in Italian about how beautiful she was. In another instance, he called her to his office at the New York State Capitol and then allegedly stared down her shirt.

“I put my head down waiting for him to start speaking, and he didn’t start speaking. So I looked up to see what was going on. And he was blatantly looking down my shirt,” she said to the Times.

When the governor noticed her gaze, he then asked her what’s on her necklace in what seemed like an attempt to hide what he’d really been doing.

“My face turned really hot,” McGrath told the Times.

Then during a Christmas party in 2019, he kissed her on the forehead.

Though McGrath is the ninth accuser to speak out against Cuomo, an astounding number of die-hard left-wingers — the #BlueAnon type — remain convinced he did nothing wrong and is being unfairly railroaded.

(** Language warning)

Meanwhile, Cuomo’s first accuser, Lindsey Boylan, remains equally convinced that he needs to go.

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