New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now been accused of sexual harassment by a third woman, but CNN’s Chris Cuomo does not think it’s appropriate for him to cover the issue on his CNN show.
During a segment Monday night on “Cuomo Primetime,” Chris Cuomo acknowledged that he knows “what is going on” with his older brother, Andrew Cuomo, but could not cover it due to his conflict of interest.
“You’re straight with me. I’ll be straight with you,” he said.
“Obviously I’m aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so,” he claimed.
Cuomo added: “I have always cared very deeply about these issues, and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.
But wait, it gets better.
Cuomo then said: “There’s a lot of news going on that matters also, so let’s get after that,” Chris Cuomo said before then going after President Trump after he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday.
>> @ChrisCuomo at the top of @CuomoPrimeTime tonight: "Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so." pic.twitter.com/G49mZYTG4D
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 2, 2021
What a joke.
A third woman came forward on Monday to accuse Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate sexual behavior, saying he grabbed and kissed her at a 2019 wedding.
Anna Ruch told The New York Times that Gov. Cuomo made unwanted advances toward her and planted an unsolicited kiss on her cheek at the reception.
“He said, ‘Can I kiss you?’” Ruch recalled. “I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed.”
Lindsey Boylan, a former staffer for the New York governor, first detailed her accusations of sexual harassment in a tweet thread in December, but on Wednesday she went into much further detail in a piece on Medium.
She started her piece by recalling an event she said happened during a private plane with Gov. Cuomo in October 2017 where, she alleged, Cuomo made an indecent proposal.
“Let’s play strip poker,” the governor asked, Boyland claims.
“That’s exactly what I was thinking,” she said that she responded “sarcastically and awkwardly. I tried to play it cool. But in that moment, I realized just how acquiescent I had become.”
She said that a state trooper and press aide were close enough to hear it but that everyone in his administration was frightened of punishment from the governor if they said anything.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected. His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences,” she said.
Boyland said she decided to say something in December because “The night before, a former Cuomo staffer confided to me that she, too, had been the subject of the Governor’s workplace harassment. Her story mirrored my own. Seeing his name floated as a potential candidate for U.S. Attorney General — the highest law enforcement official in the land — set me off.”
Imagine the media coverage if this was a Republican governor.