Cynthia Nixon, others scoff after Cuomo crew names choose to ‘assessment’ gov’s intercourse scandal


A New York state Republican and different critics – together with former “Intercourse and the Metropolis” star Cynthia Nixon — reacted with derision Saturday after a retired choose was named to conduct a “assessment” of sexual harassment allegations towards Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

After Cuomo approved that an out of doors assessment be carried out following the newest allegations raised former aide Charlotte Bennett, the governor’s particular counsel, Beth Garvey, introduced the inquiry can be led Barbara Jones, a former federal choose.

However critics of Cuomo rapidly famous that Jones is a former law-firm colleague of Steve Cohen, a former high aide to Cuomo. They puzzled if Jones might deliver the impartiality a assessment of significant allegations would require.

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“Who requested the choose to assessment the brand new allegations?” Nixon requested. “If the reply is the Cuomo administration itself let’s be clear that’s an inside job, NOT an out of doors assessment.

In a earlier submit Friday, Nixon scoffed at a press release that Cohen made Thursday, defending Cuomo, his former boss. Cohen’s remarks got here after the sexual harassment allegations from Cuomo’s first accuser, Lindsey Boylan.

“I can let you know no means in my time working with the governor, the previous lawyer normal, personal citizen Andrew Cuomo, I’ve no means seen something of the like of what Ms. Boylan has described,” Cohen instructed reporters, in line with the New York Every day Information. “His conduct has all the time been in my presence with the members of different workers, applicable, not that it’s all the time fun-loving and an excellent time, however it’s all the time applicable and he pushes to get outcomes.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former primary opponent Cynthia Nixon. (Associated Press)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former major opponent Cynthia Nixon. (Related Press)

However Nixon, who launched a bid to problem Cuomo for governor in 2018, wasn’t shopping for Cohen’s protection of the Democrat.

“To Steve Cohen who no means witnessed Cuomo harass girls,” Nixon wrote, “If this isn’t extremely apparent, he’s not going to do it in entrance of you so SIT DOWN.”

Different critics of the selection of Jones because the choose for the Cuomo assessment included Republican state Assemblyman Mike Lawler, who referred to as for Cuomo’s rapid resignation.

“@NYGovCuomo’s ‘impartial’ investigator Barbara Jones as soon as labored with the Governor’s former Secretary, Steve Cohen,” Lawler wrote on Twitter. “Ya know, the man who simply went on the file defending Cuomo the opposite day. Barbara Jones ought to instantly decline the place.”

In a subsequent tweet, Lawler referred to as on Cuomo to resign and referred to as on state Lawyer Normal Letitia James to “appoint a particular prosecutor to analyze all claims towards the Governor and his complicit workers.”

At the very least two former aides to Cuomo have accused the governor of sexual harassment up to now week.

First Boylan, in an essay on the web site Medium, accused the governor of undesirable kissing and touching whereas she labored in his workplace. She additionally claimed Cuomo had staffers organized conferences along with her the place he made inappropriate feedback.

“Let’s play strip poker,” Boylan stated Cuomo remarked on a flight from an occasion in October 2017.

An announcement from Cuomo’s workplace on Wednesday denied the claims.

“As we stated earlier than, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate habits are fairly merely false,” press secretary Caitlin Girouard stated.

Then on Friday, Bennett instructed The New York Occasions that Cuomo allegedly “requested her questions on her intercourse life, whether or not she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had intercourse with older males.”

n a press launch on Saturday, Cuomo referred to as Bennett a “hardworking and valued member of our crew throughout COVID” who has “each proper to talk out.”

“When she got here to me and opened up about being a sexual assault survivor and the way it formed her and her ongoing efforts to create a corporation that empowered her voice to assist different survivors, I attempted to be supportive and useful,” Cuomo stated in a press release, which was issued to the Occasions. “Ms. Bennett’s preliminary impression was proper: I used to be attempting to be a mentor to her. I no means made advances towards Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to behave in any means that was inappropriate. The very last thing I might ever have needed was to make her really feel any of the issues which can be being reported.”

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Cuomo added that he’ll “don’t have any additional remark” till a “full and thorough outdoors assessment” of Bennett’s claims is carried out and concluded. 

The sexual harassment allegations adopted a torrent of criticism towards Cuomo over his dealing with of the coronavirus amongst sufferers within the state’s nursing houses. The accusations there embody the alleged underreporting of deaths attributable to the virus after the governor referred to as for sufferers to enter nursing houses following therapy at hospitals.

 

Fox Information’ Vandana Rambaran and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this story.



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