What Sexual Harassment Scandal? Gov. Cuomo Photographed Working Poolside With Staffer

Andrew Cuomo

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Sometimes an image scrolls by online that is so outlandish that you assume it’s probably a parody. But then sometimes that image really is real. That appears to be the case with a series of photos captured by a New York Post photographer of scandal-plagued Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) lounging poolside at the Executive Mansion in Albany, along with a female staffer.

The photos, apparently snapped by a Post photographer hiding in the trees and equipped with a zoom lens, show Cuomo seated poolside in a short-sleeve polo shirt and khaki pants, while a blonde woman (later identified as Cuomo secretary Stephanie Benton), “wearing a summer jumper, flip-flops cast aside” is seated on the ground next to him, typing on a laptop.

Unsurprisingly, the photos generated a strong reaction, mere days after the New York Attorney General’s investigation concluded that Cuomo had committed multiple acts of sexual harassment and misconduct with his staffers, including efforts to retaliate against the women who spoke out against him.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) weighed in on the photos as well, calling Cuomo a “criminal sexual predator.”

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