Cuomo’s assistant says the governor “ groomed ” her for months before groping

‘Towards the end he looked up at me and said,’ You know, by the way, you know people in the office talk, and you can never tell anyone what we’re talking about or, you know, whatever, right? the woman told The Times Union. “I said, ‘I understand.’ He said, “Well, you know, I could get in big trouble, you know that.” I said, “I understand, Governor.” And he said, ‘OK’. “

On Wednesday, Mariann Wang, a lawyer for Ms. McGrath, said the Times Union report was “consistent with my client’s observations and experience working for the governor.”

“The governor’s behavior is that of a classic bully and predator: groom, manipulate, slowly push the boundaries, then threaten and punish if anyone dares to push back,” Ms. Wang said.

The sexual harassment scandal that engulfed Mr. Cuomo began in late February with the reports of two former employees, Lindsey Boylan, a former economic development officer, and Charlotte Bennett, an executive assistant and senior briefer. Among other allegations, Ms. Boylan said the governor kissed her in his Manhattan office in 2018, something Mr Cuomo clearly denied.

Days after Ms. Boylan posted details of her allegations in a post on Medium, Ms. Bennett told The Times that Mr. Cuomo had peppered her with questions about her sex life and her willingness to sleep with older men during a meeting in his office in Capitol. June.

In a statement released shortly after Ms. Bennett’s report was published, the Governor acknowledged that he had at times made comments that were “possibly insensitive or too personal,” adding that such comments “may have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. “

The unidentified woman described an intense period since news of her groping allegations surfaced in early March, saying she had lost weight while continuing to work at the State Capitol. She had not spoken to the media before and had not made a formal complaint at work.

She said she was concerned about her job security as she has a small child.

“If I tell someone, I’ll be done,” she said. “And who are you telling?”