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Cuomo Accuser Lindsey Boylan Speaks Out At Impeachment Rally In New York City

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The first woman to accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment spoke out publicly for the first time Saturday, joining protesters in New York City during a rally calling for his impeachment; CBS2's Meg Baker reports.

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JESSICA MOORE: The first woman who accused Governor Cuomo of sexual harassment spoke out in public for the very first time today.

Lindsey Boylan, who is also a candidate for Manhattan Borough president, joined protesters during a rally calling for Cuomo's impeachment.

CBS2's Meg Baker with more.

MEG BAKER: Protesters marched here to city hall, demanding the impeachment process begin. One of Governor Cuomo's accusers spoke out.

LINDSEY BOYLAN: Someone who abuses their power doesn't just do it to one woman or one community. They do it, on some level, to every person and every community.

MEG BAKER: Lindsey Boylan was Governor Cuomo's first accuser, claiming he kissed her on the lips. In an extended interview with the "New Yorker" magazine, she talks about a troubling encounter with the governor and his dog, Captain.

"When the dog jumped up and down near me," the magazine said, "she reached out to calm him and then backed away." Cuomo, she said, joked that if he were a dog he would try to "mount" her as well.

LINDSEY BOYLAN: When the governor should have been focused on leading us out of this pandemic, he was instead focused on covering up the deaths of 15,000 New Yorkers and smearing me and my reputation.

MEG BAKER: Now, eight women have come forward charging Governor Cuomo with sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. The latest, 33-year-old Alyssa McGrath, a current aide in Cuomo administration.

She recounted details to the "New York Times," saying, "Mr. Cuomo would ogle her body, remark on her looks and make suggestive comments to her and another executive aide."

In one specific incident, McGrath explained, "I looked up to see what was going on. And he was blatantly looking down my shirt."

ALL: Impeach Cuomo now!

MEG BAKER: Those were the chants heard from Washington Square Park to City Hall Saturday, rally cries for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to start the impeachment process.

JABARI BRISPORT: When woman after woman after woman after woman after woman after woman after woman has come out, and we have a governor who refuses to resign, the time has come to call for impeachment!

ALL: Say no, don't go!

MEG BAKER: Others in support of the governor rallied outside his office in the city.

The governor did not respond to our request for comment Saturday but has maintained his innocence on all fronts, adding he never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate advances.

Cuomo refuses to resign despite calls from within his own party. It's a long road ahead before he would face a Senate trial.

At City Hall, Meg Baker, CBS2 News.