A fourth woman has brought new charges against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Ana Liss, a former aide to Cuomo, said in a new interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Saturday that there have been numerous cases of the Governor's side regarding his misconduct when she served as his assistant for policy and operations from 2013 to 2015 year.
Cuomo, 63, has publicly stated that he "never touched anyone inappropriately," but apologized last week for what he said was unintentional behavior. An independent investigation is ongoing.
In an interview, 35-year-old Liss said her desk was next to the governor's office and claimed that during her first year at the government house, Cuomo asked if she had a boyfriend, called her “sweetheart,” and hugged her around the waist in front of her. on how to take a photo at the reception, and once kissed her hand when she got up from the table.
Liss explained that while she initially perceived the governor's actions as harmless flirting, over time she began to view them as inappropriate. “It's not really acceptable in any setting,” she said, later explaining that the experience led her to increase her alcohol consumption and prompted her to start mental health counseling. Although she never made a formal complaint, she ultimately requested and received a transfer to another office.
Liss is now the third former assistant and the fourth woman overall to accuse Cuomo of inappropriate workplace behavior.
Charlotte Bennett said in an interview published in The New York Times that Cuomo sexually harassed her last year while she was serving as an assistant chief and health policy advisor in the governor's office.
Lindsay Boylan, who was an economic development advisor and stopped working for Cuomo in 2018, spoke out in December and subsequently detailed her accusations, including an unwelcome kiss, in a lengthy blog post last week.
And in an interview with The New York Times published last Monday, Anna Ruh said that after meeting the politician for the first time at a wedding reception in 2019, Cuomo put his hands on her face and asked if he could kiss her.