Linsey Boylan, a former aide of New York governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed details of how he allegedly sexually harassed her when she was his employee. Boylan who had first accused Cuomo in December last year, revealed more details in a Medium post yesterday.
She wrote about how Cuomo had in October 2017 asked her to “play strip poker” while traveling in his jet. She also alleged that the “Governor would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.”
She went on to reveal details of an unpleasant experience with Cuomo where he allegedly kissed her without her consent. “We were in his New York City office on Third Avenue. 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,” wrote Boylan adding, “I left past the desk of Stephanie Benton. I was scared she had seen the kiss. 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.”
Boylan claimed that Cuomo not only kept tabs on her whereabouts when she worked for him, but also instructed his team to start a smear campaign against her when she first made allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Boylan alleged, “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. 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.”
“I’m compelled to tell my story because no woman should feel forced to hide their experiences of workplace intimidation, harassment and humiliation — not by the Governor or anyone else,” wrote Boylan.
Meanwhile, Cuomo continues to deny the allegations. In a statement released by his office, Press Secretary Caitlin Girouard said, “As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false.”
*Feature Image by Diana Robinson via Wikimedia Commons.