ALBANY, N.Y. — Another woman accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of workplace misconduct on Tuesday.
The Times Union of Albany reported Tuesday that the woman said Cuomo inappropriately touched her late last year at the governor’s mansion.
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The newspaper didn’t detail what type of touching was alleged and did not interview the woman, who remained unidentified.
The paper cited “an official close to the matter” who confirmed the existence of the complaint.
When asked about the report during a news conference Tuesday, Cuomo said, “I am not aware of any other claim.”
Speaking generally about the sexual harassment allegations against him, Cuomo told reporters: “I never touched anyone inappropriately.”
The complaint from this sixth accuser reportedly was forwarded to the team of attorneys conducting an independent inquiry led by Attorney General Letitia James. She announced former U.S. prosecutor Joon Kim and Anne Clark, an attorney who specializes in sexual harassment cases, will lead the investigation.
Tara Dowdell, a political strategist, said one dynamic at play may be the so-called “Trump effect.”
“I’m not arguing it’s a valid position but I think that’s the sentiment … you’re seeing people think it’s unfair to ask Cuomo to resign when Trump wasn’t forced to do the same with four times the amount of accusers,” she said.
Even prior to the first allegations of sexual harassment coming to light, Cuomo for months had been mired in a nursing home controversy. His administration was accused of underreporting COVID-19 related deaths in long-term care facilities.
“Cuomo is actually, in some way, benefitting from this scandal in that no one is talking about the other big scandal which is the nursing home scandal,” Dowdell added.