Cuomo aide makes first public statements about alleged groping incident by governor
"If I told someone, I’m done. And who do you tell?" the staffer who was allegedly assaulted by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
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The former aide to New York Gov. Cuomo who has accuses her ex-boss of groping her at the Executive Mansion in Albany, made her first public statements Wednesday regarding her alleged experience.
"I didn’t have another choice. I remember (thinking), 'You have to pull yourself together … even if you have to sit here for a couple minutes to do that,' " said the unnamed woman, according to the Times Union newspaper. "If I told someone, I’m done. And who do you tell?"
She said she was called into the governor's office at the mansion in November 2020 to help with supposed mobile phone issues. She said once she reached his office, Cuomo got up from behind his desk and allegedly groped her in a sexually aggressive manner.
"And that wasn’t just a hug," she said. "He went for it, and I kind of like was, 'Oh, the door is right there.' ... I was mortified that a woman who works here is going to come in and see. ... I was terrified of that happening, because that’s not who I am and that’s not what I’m here for."
The aide then told Cuomo that someone might see what he was doing, to which he allegedly shut the door and replied, "I don't care."
She said that Cuomo had one hand under her blouse during the incident, grasping at her breast over her bra.
At least seven females have recently made sexual harassment complaints against the Democratic governor.
The Times Union last month reported on the woman's uncorroborated story about the alleged mansion incident.
Cuomo has denied all of the allegations that he acted inappropriately.
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