By Caitlin Yilek
20th March 2021 / 7:31 a.m.
/ CBS News
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being charged with sexual harassment again, this time by a woman currently employed in his office, Alyssa McGrath, a 33-year-old executive assistant, told the New York Times that Cuomo Staring at her body inappropriately and commenting on her appearance
McGrath, who doesn’t work directly for Cuomo, said the interactions began shortly after she was hired in mid-2018 The next year she was in his office with Cuomo when he allegedly made a comment in Italian she later asked her parents, what the sentence meant
At another meeting in his office, McGrath claimed Cuomo looked down her shirt and then asked about her necklace. “I bowed my head and waited for him to start talking and he didn’t start talking,” she said “So I looked up to see what was going on and he looked glaringly down at my shirt”
McGrath also said Cuomo kissed her on the forehead during the 2019 office Christmas party and called her and a coworker “Mingle Mamas” after asking the coworker about their romantic lives
“He has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost as if you were his friend,” McGrath told the Times. “But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation and start talking in your head : ‘I can’t believe I just had this interaction with the governor of New York’ “
Cuomo is under pressure to resign after several women made allegations against him Cuomo turned down calls to resign and denied sexually harassing anyone, but apologized for comments that may have made women uncomfortable
“I never meant to offend or hurt anyone or cause pain to anyone I feel terrible that these people felt uncomfortable, felt hurt, felt pain from the interactions, and embarrassed and made me feel bad” he said
His attorney Rita Glavin made a statement to the Times: “The governor greeted men and women with hugs and a kiss on the cheek, forehead or hand Yes, he posed for photos with his arm around them Yes, he used it Italian phrases like ‘ciao bella’ “
“None of this is remarkable, although it may be old-fashioned. He made it clear that he never made inappropriate progress or touched anyone inappropriately”
McGrath’s attorney told CBS News, “The governor’s distractions are not believable This wasn’t just a friendly joke”
First published on 19 March 2021 / 7:30 p.m.
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