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Gov. Cuomo Accuser Says He Had “Long Pattern of Harassing Staffers”

Gov. Cuomo Accuser Says He Had “Long Pattern of Harassing Staffers”


Gov. Cuomo Accuser Says He Had “Long Pattern of Harassing Staffers”

by Carly Roman | The Washington Examiner

A former aide who accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment alleges the governor had “a long pattern of harassing staffers, especially women” in their shared workplace.
Karen Hinton, who served as press secretary when Cuomo was secretary of housing and urban development, said she regularly witnessed Cuomo’s “misconduct with other women at HUD.” Hinton accused Cuomo of “harass[ing] and bull[ying]” one top female aide “in ways to force her resignation” and passing over a “highly qualified woman” in favor of a “white guy” for a HUD position because “she was ‘not attractive enough’ for him.”
“I also saw him flirt with and tease a young, attractive staffer at HUD who began to think Cuomo cared for her. As a result, she and her boyfriend, who had worked for Cuomo, broke up. Cuomo’s flirt had been a payback move because the boyfriend had left his job without Cuomo’s permission,” she recounted in another incident for her New York Daily News op-ed. “A few years later, the woman staffer reappeared in New York looking for a job, and Cuomo did nothing to help her. This was more about power and control than a sexual overture.”
Hinton calls the phenomenon “penis politics,” a political norm about not only “sexual abuse” but also “gender discrimination.”
“Cuomo is a master of dark art. … Cuomo churned his own doubt after he initially apologized for acting ‘in a way that made people feel uncomfortable but then reversed course, calling his accusers liars. He dug himself another hole last week when he told a female reporter, ‘If I just made you feel uncomfortable, that is not harassment. That’s you feeling uncomfortable,'” she wrote. “So are his 10 accusers liars, uncomfortable women or uncomfortable liars?”
Hinton, 62, first accused Cuomo of impropriety in March, when she alleged Cuomo summoned her to his hotel room in 2000 and pulled her toward him despite her pushing away. Cuomo’s office denied her allegation, calling the encounter “made up.”
“This did not happen,” Peter Ajemian, Cuomo’s director of communications, told the Washington Post. “Karen Hinton is a known antagonist of the governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago. All women have the right to come forward and tell their story — however, it’s also the responsibility of the press to consider self-motivation. This is reckless.”
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