Cuomo accusers call on gov to RESIGN as it's found he 'groped & kissed multiple women & tried to stop them speaking out'

SOME of NY Gov Andrew Cuomo's sexual harassment accusers have demanded he resign after a bombshell report claimed he "groped multiple women and tried to silence them from speaking out."

On Tuesday, the explosive 168-page report was released by Attorney General Letitia James' office, detailing allegations of "unwelcome and nonconsensual touching" against Cuomo.



Investigators concluded that the embattled governor allegedly "engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law" towards female staffers and other state employees.

It also concluded that he, and senior staffers, tried to silence accusers like Lindsey Boylan from speaking out.

These aides allegedly pressured former employees to "surreptitiously record" calls with Boylan and another accuser called "Kaitlin" to obtain "information to use against any women who might speak out."

As the bombshell report emerged today, Cuomo's accusers spoke out, including Charlotte Bennett, who claimed he told her that he "wanted to be touched" and asking if she was interest in older men, knowing she was 25.

"Resign, @NYGovCuomo," Bennett tweeted today after accusing Cuomo of suggesting she get a tattoo on her butt and telling her he wanted to ride his motorcycle into the mountains with a woman, per the AG's report.

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also weighed in on the controversy and said it was "clear" Cuomo should no longer serve as governor of New York "now that the allegations have been substantiated."

'TOXIC ENVIRONMENT'

A second Cuomo accuser Ana Liss, a former aide in the Executive Chamber
from 2013 to 2015 tweeted, "Thank you to everyone who expressed support out loud and in whispers. For hugs and hand squeezes and texts."

Liss – who claimed Cuomo called her "sweetheart" and put his hand on her waist – tagged fellow accusers Boylan, Benneet, and Karen Hinton, as well as Senator Biaggi and Janice Dean, in her Twitter statement.

Hinton tweeted her thoughts on the matter, writing, "I’ve been a woman in politics for 45 years, and I’ve seen #sexualharassment and men abusing their power over women from the time I was a teenager until today.

"The AG’s report makes clear how difficult it is for women to exist in this kind of toxic environment that Cuomo created not just as Gov but as Housing Sec. Praise to @TishJames for protecting women in the workplace & standing by them.

"The DAs & local pros should do what hasn’t been done in most sexual harassment cases. How could this not be a criminal charge?"

MOUNTING PRESSURE

US Representatives Jeffries, Meeks, and Suozzi all called for Cuomo resignation in a shared statement and urged him to "do the right thing" considering the "abusive behavior towards women" found in the report.

RAINN, the largest and most prominent an anti-sexual assault organization in the United States said: "We urge Gov. Cuomo to resign immediately."

While multiple alleged victims spoke out today, petitions calling for Cuomo's removal were also gaining traction: one entitled "Governor Cuomo: Resign or Be Impeached" has amassed 16,755 signatures as of August 2.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden previously said that the Democratic governor should step down if he's found guilty.

DENIAL

Back in March, Biden told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos: "Yes [he should resign if the report confirms the claims]. I think he [Cuomo] will probably end up being prosecuted, too."

The Sun reached out to Cuomo's Senior Advisor Rich Azzopardi for comment on Tuesday and did not receive a response by the time of publication.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Cuomo said that any discomfort caused was unintentional, adding: "I have never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate advances."

"I'm 63-year-old and I've lived my entire life in public view," he added. "That's just not who I am."

The embattled governor told reporters that he's bringing in an expert to train him and Executive Chamber staff on sexual harassment after the report came to light.

However, investigators with the DA's office said they determined that Cuomo had engaged in multiple acts of unlawful sex-based harassment.

The report concluded: "We have reached the conclusion that the Governor sexually harassed a number of State employees through unwelcome and unwanted touching.

"As well as by making numerous offensive and sexually suggestive comments. We find that such conduct was part of a pattern of behavior that extended to his interactions with others outside of State government."

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