House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) admitted that the sexual abuse allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) are credible after details were released by a former Cuomo administration staffer.
Pelosi said the women who have come forward with charges against Cuomo “deserve to be heard.” She added, “The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved.”
A second 25-year-old accuser Charlotte Bennett, who worked as an executive assistant and health policy adviser until before leaving office in November, on Feb. 27, indicted the Democratic governor on sexual assault charges.
According to the New York Post, Cuomo, 63, allowed state Attorney General Letitia James appoint an outside investigator to handle the growing scandal.
His senior adviser, Beth Garey announced Saturday night that the administration had tapped former Judge Barbara Jones to head the investigation.
The news was not well received, however, as both Democrats and Republicans saw the New York governor’s move as a way to take charge of his own investigation since Jones previously worked with Cuomo’s lawyer and key adviser, Steve Cohen.
Amid the complaints, James urged the Cuomo administration to allow her office to take charge of appointing an independent investigator, as state law dictates.
Early last week, former Deputy Secretary of Economic Development and special counsel to Cuomo, Lindsey Boylan, broke her silence and filed the first indictment against the New York governor for misconduct, offering a detailed account of the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered repeatedly at his hands.
In an essay on the abuses, which was published on the website Medium, the victim indicated that Cuomo did his best to touch her lower back, arms, and legs.
She also accused him of trying to forcibly kiss her on the lips during a briefing, hinting at an invitation to ‘play strip poker’ during a plane trip.
Meanwhile, the governor’s office has denied the allegations made by the young women who claim to have been victims, adding in Cuomo’s defense that the ‘play poker’ comment did not happen, insisting that they were simply false accusations.
The former Consumer Affairs worker, Bennett added an accompanying Tweet in which her colleague Boylan recounts her story in which she claims to have been abused, accompanying it with the following message, “For those wondering what it’s like to work for the Cuomo admin, read @LindseyBoylan’s story..”