ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A staffer who has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of groping her on the government mansion mentioned he slammed the door of his office and advised her “I don’t care” when she protested, in response to an interview printed Wednesday.
The interview with the Times Union of Albany provides new particulars to essentially the most severe accusation in opposition to Cuomo, who’s being investigated after a sequence of girls accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate habits.
The lady spoke on the situation of anonymity to guard her privateness, though her id is understood throughout the governor’s circle, the Times Union reported.
“I remember him slamming (the door) so hard that I remember thinking to myself that I’m sure the staff is, like, ‘Is everything OK up there?’ He came right back and he pulled me close and all I remember is seeing his hand, his big hand,” the lady advised the newspaper of the incident she says occurred in November.
Cuomo has denied touching anybody inappropriately however mentioned he’s sorry if he made anybody uncomfortable.
The lady advised the Times Union she had been summoned to the mansion from the close by Capitol in November to assist him with an issue along with his iPhone. She mentioned that when she reached his office on the second ground of the mansion, he started groping her in a sexually aggressive method.
“I said to him, I said, ‘You’re going to get us in trouble,‘” she recalled. “I didn’t know what else to say. … It was pretty much like ‘What are you doing?’ That’s when he slammed the door (shut). He said, ‘I don’t care.’”
He then got here towards her once more and groped her, the lady advised the Times Union .
“I don’t remember actually saying the word ‘Stop.’ I think I said, ‘You’re crazy,‘” she advised the newspaper. “I do remember saying that, and that’s when he ultimately stopped. … Me saying ‘You’re crazy’ — that was definitely not something that he wants to hear. It definitely was a hit to his ego. … And then it was almost like instantly he was done. … He turned around and walked back to his desk. He didn’t say anything. I walked myself out to the front door and nothing was said. … It was almost like I felt like a piece of garbage to him. I felt degraded.”
A month later, the lady mentioned, she was taking dictation for the governor at his Capitol office when he introduced up what had occurred on the mansion.
“Near the end of it, he looked up at me and he said, ‘You know, by the way, you know people talk in the office and you can never tell anyone about anything we talk about or, you know, anything, right?’” she mentioned. “I said, ‘I understand.’ He said, ‘Well, you know, I could get in big trouble, you know that.’ I said, ‘I understand, governor.’ And he said, ‘OK.’”
Cuomo has disregarded widespread requires his resignation and requested that individuals await the outcomes of an investigation overseen by state Attorney General Letitia James. The state Assembly is conducting a separate investigation into whether or not there are grounds to question the governor.