New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment "for years" by a woman who worked in his administration. Lindsey Boylan was Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor to the Governor from 2015-2018.
The accuser, Lindsey Boylan, is also a former Democratic Party primary candidate for New York's 10th Congressional District in 2020, for which she came in second to incumbent Congressman Jerrold Nadler. She is currently a candidate for Manhattan Borough President.
"Yes, [Governor Cuomo] sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched," Boylan claimed on Twitter. "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."
Boylan described why she felt it was necessary to come forward with these allegations, stating that when her mother got her first job in the workforce, she was the victim of unwanted sexual contact from her employer.
"It was then how I learned how hard it is for women," Boylan said. "And I promised myself I would never let those kind of guys win. I would work hard my whole life to put myself in positions of power to change things. To end the violence & corruption. Give voice to the voiceless."
"I am not stopping. I refuse. I will never give up," she continued.
"Not knowing what to expect what’s the most upsetting part aside from knowing that no one would do a damn thing even when they saw it," she claimed. Boylan further stated that there are other victims of Cuomo's alleged sexual harassment. "I *know* I am not the only woman," she wrote.
"I hate that some men, like Andrew Cuomo abuse their power," she finished.
Governor Cuomo has a controversial relationship with the MeToo movement. In 2019, Cuomo's office announced that "the TIME'S UP New York Safety Agenda is included in the 2019 Executive Budget," a "four-part initiative to amend New York law in an effort to prevent sexual harassment and assault from occurring and enable survivors to seek justice."
The initiative involved removing the statute of limitations on second and third degree sexual assault and rape cases, "lowering the high bar set for employees to hold employers accountable" for workplace sexual harassment, requiring non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to contain clauses affirming the rights of alleged victims to report workplace sexual harassment claims, and forcing workplaces to set up anti-sexual harassment posters approved by the State Division of Human Rights.
According to a press release from 2019, this legislation "builds on [the] Governor's record of advancing women's rights, including combating sexual harassment."
Earlier that year, however, Cuomo was roundly criticized in the media for a joke he made regarding the MeToo movement. Cuomo, commenting on the lack of personal space he was getting from journalists, said "I'll bring you all up on charges under the MeToo movement."
The MeToo movement itself has been a controversial endeavour. The movement has received widespread praise in the media for giving a voice to victims of sexual harassment and assault, mostly women, who they argue have largely been ignored or blamed for such actions towards them in the past. The MeToo movement began in response to the sexual harassment, assault, and rape charges against Harvey Weinstein.
On the other hand, critics of the MeToo movement have largely criticized their methods, suggesting that it ignores any sense of innocent until proven guilty by creating what is effectively a witch hunt for sexual harassers. They suggest that the MeToo movement could harm the reputations of many innocent people. A number of figures who have been "MeToo'd" were later found to have not committed any sexual misconduct. In some cases, alleged victims who came forward later admitted that they were lying.
Governor Cuomo has not yet commented on the allegations and he has not been found guilty of such actions in a court of law.
The Post Millennial reached out to Governor Cuomo's office for comment but did not receive a reply.