A former aide to the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has come forward with some shocking allegations. The former aide, Lindsay Boylan, claims that she was sexually harassed by Cuomo for years, and she doesn’t believe she’s the only one.
Who is Lindsay Boylan and How Does She Know Andrew Cuomo?
Boylan was deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to Cuomo from 2015 to 2018. The Hill reports, “Boylan, who is currently a candidate for Manhattan borough president, challenged House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) in the 2020 Democratic primaries. She alluded to her allegations earlier this month, tweeting that the governor’s office was the ‘most toxic team environment’ she had ever worked in.”
Boylan is currently running as a Democrat to become the Manhattan borough president.
What Are the Claims Boylan Has Made?
It all seemed to begin after Boylan called Cuomo out on Twitter. A story has been circulating about Cuomo keeping an eagle feather, which is illegal. According to Boylan, the story is entirely fabricated and Cuomo lied about it. From there, people seemed to mock, “much ado about nothing,” until Boylan set the record straight. For the former aide, Cuomo’s dishonesty is about a pattern of behavior and not a single story about an eagle feather.
In response to people making light of the seemingly harmless eagle feather lie, Boylan tweeted, “This right here is one of a million reasons women don’t speak up about sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace from someone powerful like their boss. The governor.”
The former aide then added, “Yeah but what if that dude is one of the most powerful men in the country?
What if he victimized many, including me, using his lies and power?
Don’t tell a woman who has seen and been through it all how to be…”
Boylan then opened up about her experience with sexual harassment, and the first time she became aware of it. The borough president candidate explained how her mom experienced sexual harassment and assault in her very first office job out of college, and the way the story opened Boylan’s eyes.
Boylan tweeted in a thread, “It was then how I learned how hard it is for women. How hard this world can be for us when we are trying to be taken seriously and help our community. How easily jerks can destroy the lives of women.
And I promised myself I would never let those kind of guys win. I would work hard my whole life to put myself in positions of power to change things. To end the violence & corruption. Give voice to the voiceless.
I am not stopping. I refuse. I will never give up.”
Then Boylan got to the heart of her accusations, and took direct aim at Cuomo; “Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched.
I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.
Not knowing what to expect what’s the most upsetting part aside from knowing that no one would do a damn thing even when they saw it.
And I *know* I am not the only woman.
I’m angry to be put in this situation at all. That because I am a woman, I can work hard my whole life to better myself and help others and yet still fall victim as countless women over generations have. Mostly silently.
I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power.”
Cuomo Denies, Boylan Isn’t Interested in Speaking With Reporters
Boylan says that her motivation for speaking up is rooted solely in her desire to give a voice to victims. To shine a light on the pervasive culture of sexual harassment in political and business circles. Boylan tweeted, “To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists.
I am about validating the experience of countless women and making sure abuse stops.
My worst fear is that this continues. And as @FKAtwigs said yesterday, my second worst fear is having to talk about and relive this.”
NBC reports that a spokesperson for Cuomo is treating the accusations with derision. “Cuomo spokesperson Caitlin Girouard said in a statement to NBC New York, ‘There is simply no truth to these claims.'”
Cuomo’s name has been in the news heavily in recent months. Primarily for his staunch defiance of outgoing President Donald Trump‘s COVID-19 stance. Cuomo is also reportedly being seriously considered by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for US attorney general.