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Calls for Probe, Charges Grow After Gov. Cuomo Sexual Harassment Allegation

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Thursday, 25 February 2021 12:27 PM

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers reportedly want an independent investigation into allegations by a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he repeatedly sexually harassed her from 2016 through 2018.

The calls for a probe into the claims by ex-aide Lindsey Boylan come after she posted an essay online Wednesday alleging Cuomo once kissed her on the lips during a one-on-one meeting in his office in 2018 and once asked her to play strip poker.

Cuomo's office denied the claims, but Democrat and Republican state lawmakers reportedly urged Thursday that there be a probe into the matter.

Democrat Assemblyman Harry Bronson of Rochester, New York, said he's a former employee rights lawyer and has represented “far too many women who have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace,” the Democrat & Chronicle reported.

"Now that Ms. Boylan has put these claims forward, she deserves the opportunity to have her allegations thoroughly reviewed by an independent body and any appropriate steps taken upon those findings."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who as often sparred with Cuomo, also sounded a call for a probe.

“These allegations are really disturbing," he told reporters during his daily briefing at City Hall on Wednesday, NY1 reported. "We as New Yorkers have to take these allegations seriously. This kind of behavior, if it's true is just unacceptable. We've got to get to the truth about this."

Commentator and lawyer Gregg Jarrett wrote if it can be shown Cuomo is guilty of fondling and forcibly kissing Boylan and that such acts placed her in reasonable fear or trepidation of further aggression, then criminal charges could be filed against him for harassment.

“Regrettably, there are strict statute of limitations issues that may protect Cuomo from any criminal prosecution because his alleged victim did not step forward sooner,” Jarrett wrote.

He asserted, however, New York Attorney General Letitia James is “duty-bound to launch a civil rights probe of Cuomo’s behavior.”

He also wrote a civil lawsuit for money damages could more easily be sustained with a lesser level of proof if Boylan decides to sue her former boss. 

“Gov. Cuomo’s abhorrent conduct, as described by Boylan, constitutes a case study in classic sexual harassment,” he wrote.

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