Two extra girls accused New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment on Saturday, together with a former press aide who detailed an uncomfortable embrace in a dimly lit lodge room and an assistant who mentioned he made her really feel like “only a skirt.” Former press aide Karen Hinton advised the Washington Publish that Cuomo, then head of the U.S. Division of Housing and City Growth, pressured her right into a “very lengthy, too lengthy, too tight, too intimate” embrace in a dimly lit Los Angeles lodge room in December 2000. The married press aide retreated however mentioned “he pulls me again for one more intimate embrace.” “I assumed at that second it might result in a kiss, it might result in different issues, so I simply draw back once more, and I depart,” mentioned Hinton, who’s married to lobbyist Howard Glaser, a longtime Cuomo ally who labored as his director of state operations and senior coverage advisor till 2014. A consultant for the governor denied the allegation, telling the Washington Publish the incident “didn’t occur.” “Karen Hinton is a identified antagonist of the Governor’s who’s making an attempt to reap the benefits of this second to attain low cost factors with made up allegations from 21 years in the past,” Peter Ajemian mentioned. “All girls have the precise to come back ahead and inform their story,” he mentioned, although he referred to as Hinton’s accusation “reckless.” In the meantime, Ana Liss, a coverage and operations aide who labored for Cuomo from 2013 to 2015, advised the Wall Road Journal the governor acted inappropriately together with her as nicely, calling her “sweetheart” and asking if she had a boyfriend. She detailed a Might 2014 encounter with the governor in Albany’s government mansion the place she mentioned the governor referred to as her sweetheart, hugged her, kissed each of her cheeks, put his arm round her decrease again and grabbed her waist as they turned to have their photograph taken by a photographer. “It’s not applicable, actually, in any setting,” she mentioned. A spokesman for Cuomo, Wealthy Azzopardi, defended the habits as par for the course at public receptions. “Reporters and photographers have lined the governor for 14 years watching him kiss women and men and posing for photos,” Azzopardi mentioned. “On the public open home mansion reception there are tons of of individuals and he poses for tons of of images. That’s what individuals in politics do.” Liss and Hinton are two of 5 girls to accuse the governor of sexual harassment. Lindsey Boylan, the previous deputy secretary for financial improvement and particular adviser to Cuomo, on Wednesday printed an essay detailing alleged sexual harassment she endured whereas working for the governor, together with undesirable kissing and touching. She wrote within the essay that Cuomo, with the assistance of high feminine aides, “created a tradition inside his administration the place sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it’s not solely condoned however anticipated.” She additionally detailed an more and more uncomfortable relationship she developed with the governor, during which he sought her out and arrange one-on-one conferences together with her. Boylan recounted a flight she shared with the governor from an occasion in October 2017 during which Cuomo allegedly mentioned, “Let’s play strip poker.” On one other event, Boylan says the pair met one-on-one for a briefing when Cuomo allegedly kissed her. Days later, former health-policy adviser Charlotte Bennett alleged that the governor harassed her in spring 2020, in accordance with the New York Occasions. Bennett, 25, mentioned Cuomo requested intrusive questions on her intercourse life, together with an incident on June 5 throughout which the governor requested whether or not she was monogamous and if she had intercourse with older males. Cuomo mentioned that he “by no means made advances towards Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to behave in any approach that was inappropriate.” Nonetheless, the governor didn’t deny making the statements in query. He has additionally denied Boylan’s claims. Anna Ruch, a former Biden marketing campaign employee who has not labored for Cuomo, accused the governor of giving her an undesirable kiss on the cheek at a marriage in 2019. She mentioned the motion left her “confused and shocked and embarrassed.” New York lawyer normal Letitia James introduced on Monday, after Boylan and Bennett got here ahead, that her workplace has obtained a referral from the Cuomo administration, permitting for an unbiased investigation of their harassment claims.