Former Cuomo Aide Claims He Embraced Her During Hotel Room Encounter: ‘It’s Not Just a Hug’
Another former Andrew Cuomo aide is speaking out and accusing the New York Governor of inappropriate behavior.
The Washington Post released an article on Saturday after speaking to numerous former and current Cuomo staffers who said the governor created a toxic work environment where he often degraded those working for him. Karen Hinton was a former press aide to Cuomo, and in 1999, Hinton reportedly left her HUD job under Cuomo shortly after a loud, profane fight between the two of them. After they ended up working together again a year later, Hinton said Cuomo called her and asked “Why don’t you come to my room and let’s catch up?”
Hinton said she did not think this was unusual at first, but described meeting with Cuomo before recalling that the lights were dim when she got to the room. The conversation between Cuomo and Hinton reportedly led to personal questions, and when she was starting to feel self-conscious, she moved to excuse herself before Cuomo walked over and embraced her.
From the Post:
She described it as “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate.” “It’s not just a hug,” she added. Hinton said she pulled away.
“He pulls me back for another intimate embrace,” she said. “I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things, so I just pull away again, and I leave.”
Peter Ajemian, Cuomo’s director of communications, denied Hinton’s accusations in this statement he offered to the Post:
This did not happen. Karen Hinton is a known antagonist of the Governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago. All women have the right to come forward and tell their story — however, it’s also the responsibility of the press to consider self-motivation. This is reckless.
Hinton’s response to that was “attacking the accuser is the classic playbook of powerful men trying to protect themselves.”
Hinton’s story comes as multiple former Cuomo aides Lindsey Boylan, Charlotte Bennett, and Ana Liss have accused the governor of sexual harassment. Anna Ruch separately came forward with an account saying Cuomo made an unwanted advance on her at a wedding. Cuomo also remains under heavy fire over his ongoing nursing home scandal.
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