Independent Legal Experts to Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations against Gov. Cuomo

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Karen Hinton alleged that Gov. Cuomo sexually harrassed her in 2000 when he was the head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hinton told The Washington Post that after an event that year, he invited her into his hotel room and embraced her. She pulled away from him but he pulled her back towards his body. She pulled away again and left the hotel room.

In an essay posted on the Medium website, Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to Gov. Cuomo alleged that he created a culture of bullying and sexual harassment within his administration.

According to Boylan, the Governor’s demeaning actions started in December 2016 when he suggested that she look up the images of his rumored former girlfriend Lisa Shields. The governor then called her “Lisa” in front of colleagues.  She claimed that Gov. Cuomo touched her on her lower back, arms, and legs.

She wrote, “His inappropriate gestures became more frequent. He gave roses to female staffers on Valentine’s Day and arranged to have one delivered to me…The Governor’s pervasive harassment extended beyond just me. He made unflattering comments about the weight of female colleagues. He ridiculed them about their romantic relationships and significant others. He said the reasons that men get women were “money and power.”