New Cuomo accuser alleges she was forcibly kissed, claims to have evidence
The woman alleges governor kissed her in "a highly sexual manner."
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A ninth woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, alleging that the Democrat grabbed her face and kissed her without her consent.
But this allegation is different: The woman, Sherry Vill, a 55-year-old married mother of three, has photographic evidence.
Vill says the incident occurred while the governor was "touring her flood-damaged home in 2017 – saying he did so in a 'highly sexual manner,' " The New York Post reported.
In a press conference Monday, Vill was accompanied by her lawyer, Gloria Allred, who displayed a photo of the kiss.
Vill, whose home was damaged by the flood, recounted the incident, saying she invited Cuomo in.
"That’s when the governor looked at me, approached me, took my hand and pulled me to him," Vill said. "He leaned down over me and kissed my cheek. I was holding my small dog in my arms in my arms and I thought he was going to pet my dog. But instead he went to squeeze between the dog ... and kiss me on the other cheek in what I felt was a highly sexual manner."
Cuomo sought to explain himself, she said. "He said, 'That’s what Italians do, kiss both cheeks,' "Vill said. "I felt shocked, and didn’t understand what had just happened. But I knew I felt embarrassed and weird about the kissing. I am Italian, and in my family, family members kiss. Strangers do not kiss."
On his way out, Cuomo “"stopped, he turned to me and said, 'You are beautiful,' " Vill said.
Earlier this month, Anna Ruch, a former Biden 2020 campaign worker, told The New York Times that the governor made unwanted sexual advances toward her after they met at a wedding in New York City in 2019.
She also accused Cuomo, 63, of kissing her without her permission, even as she tried to pull away. Ruch said the encounter left her "confused and shocked and embarrassed."
Another accuser, Charlotte Bennett, a former Cuomo aide, alleges that the governor inquired about her sex life and asked her whether she would be amenable to a relationship with an older man.
And another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, said Cuomo "made inappropriate comments about her appearance, kissed her without her consent at the end of a meeting and once suggested they play strip poker while aboard his state-owned jet," the Associated Press reported.
Five more women have made similar allegations. The eighth woman to accuse Cuomo said the governor groped her last year at the Executive Mansion after she had called there to do some work. She said she was alone with the governor in the mansion when he "closed the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and began to fondle her," a source told the Albany Times Union.