Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on the state Legislature to investigate the “extraordinarily serious” sexual harassment accusations leveled against Gov. Andrew Cuomo by a former staffer, Lindsey Boylan.
During an interview with DC reporters in the Capitol Thursday, AOC described the accusations as “extraordinarily serious” and said alleged victims “deserve to be heard.”
She said the “process for hearing this allegation falls squarely in the state legislature.”
Boylan, a candidate for Manhattan borough president, alleged in an essay posted on Medium Wednesday that Cuomo kissed her “on the lips” and suggested, “Let’s play strip poker,” while conversing on a plane trip.
Cuomo personally denied Boylan’s initial harassment claims back in December, saying, “It’s not true.”
Her essay on Wednesday for the first time spelled out alleged specific acts.
The governor’s outgoing press secretary, Caitilin Girouard, issued a statement Wednesday dismissing Boylan’s more detailed claims.
“As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false,” Girouard said.
A growing chorus of elected officials and harassment survivors are calling an investigation into Boylan’s sex harassment claims against Cuomo.
State Attorney General Letitia James is reviewing a letter sent by five female Republican senators requesting an “immediate appointment of a special prosecutor.”
But some influential pols who have fought sexual harassment in the workplace — among them Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — appear to be giving Cuomo a longer leash than others accused of misconduct.