Former Adviser Accuses Andrew Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

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Lindsey Boylan, a progressive candidate for Manhattan borough president, has accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Boylan said the alleged incidents of harassment occurred when she worked as a special adviser to the governor.

“Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years,” Boylan wrote.Many saw it, and watched. I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.”

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She said she wasn’t the only woman who had these experiences.

Boylan didn’t go into specifics, and tweeted that she wouldn’t be talking to members of the press about the allegations either. Nonetheless, Jezebel has reached out, and we’ll update this post if we hear back.

Cuomo has denied the allegations through his press secretary, Caitlin Girouard, who told the New York Times: “There is simply no truth to these claims.”

As the Times reports, it isn’t the first time Boylan has spoken out publicly against Cuomo. Earlier this month, in another thread of tweets, Boylan accused the governor of creating a “toxic work environment” and said that some of her colleagues were “deathly afraid” of him.

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On Sunday, Boylan echoed FKA Twigs—who came forward last week with domestic abuse accusations against Shia LaBeouf—saying that, like the singer, one of her worst fears is having to “talk about and relive” the alleged harassment.

“I’m angry to be put in this situation at all,” Boylan said.That because I am a woman, I can work hard my whole life to better myself and help others and yet still fall victim as countless women over generations have. Mostly silently. I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power.”

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Some more context on her time in that office, from the AP:

Personnel memos written in 2018, obtained by The Associated Press, indicate that Boylan resigned after she was confronted about complaints about her own office behavior.

Several women complained to Empire State Development’s human resources department that “Ms. Boyland had behaved in a way towards them that was harassing, belittling, and had yelled and been generally unprofessional,” wrote the administration’s ethics officer, Julia Pinover Kupiec in one memo.

Boylan resigned after meeting with officials including Cuomo’s top lawyer, Alphonso David, to be “counseled” about the complaints.

David said in a follow-up memo that Boylan had contacted him several days later and said she had reconsidered her resignation and wished to return to work, but he discouraged her from doing so.”