WLRN reporter alleges Cuomo sexually harassed her in New York Magazine article – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – A former reporter from the New York capital wrote a first-person article for New York Magazine, where she described what it was like to cover Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014, alleging multiple cases of sexual harassment.

Jessica Bakeman, now a reporter for the WLRN in Miami, wrote that she was 25 when she covered Cuomo, and alleged that he often touched her without her consent – “on my arms, my shoulders, my lower back. , my size ”- and described an incident in 2014 at a holiday party at the Executive Mansion where he took her hand, put his arm around her, his hand on her waist and pulled her back. held “firmly in place”.

This is the latest allegation of inappropriate behavior against Cuomo, who has been called on to step down from leading Democratic lawmakers. An investigation into his conduct by the New York attorney general’s office is underway.

Bakeman added that Cuomo did this “while letting a photographer know he wanted us to pose for a photo.” She said he said in front of his colleagues, “I’m sorry. Am I making you uncomfortable? I thought we were going stable, ”Bakeman described in a moment as humiliating.

Bakeman described the incident as one of Cuomo’s most egregious ways of sexually harassing her, but wrote that it was one of multiple incidents.

“I never thought the governor wanted to have sex with me. It wasn’t a question of sex. It was about power, ”Bakeman wrote. “He wanted me to know that I was helpless, that I was small and weak, that I did not deserve the relative power I had: a platform to hold him accountable for his words and actions. He wanted me to know that he could take away my dignity at any time with an inappropriate comment or a hand on my waist.

CNN reached out to the Cuomo administration for direct comment on its allegations, but at a press conference on Friday, Cuomo generally denied the new allegations and urged the public to “wait for the facts.”

“Women have the right to speak out and to be heard,” Cuomo said at the press conference. “I didn’t do what was alleged, period.”

Bakeman wrote that she thinks Cuomo bullied both men and women, in her experience, but “never let me forget I was a woman.”

“It’s not that Cuomo spares the men in his orbit from his bullying and demeaning behavior. But the way he intimidates and demeans women is different, ”Bakeman wrote. “He uses touching and sexual innuendo to stir up fear in us. This is the classic definition of sexual harassment.

CNN has also reached out to Bakeman for further comment on his article.

On Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined a majority of New York Congressional Democrats, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in asking Cuomo to step down following allegations of sexual harassment and its handling of Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes across the state.

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