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There are shocking new details from one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's accusers. Her claims are the most serious sexual harassment allegations thus far; CBS2's Dick Brennan reports.
MAURICE DUBOIS: Astonishing details now out from an aide to Governor Cuomo.
JESSICA MOORE: Her claims are the most serious sexual harassment allegations thus far. CBS 2's Dick Brennan has more on what she says happened.
DICK BRENNAN: We can tell you this is a previous accuser with new details. In her case, she says the governor reached under her blouse and groped her. It's the most sexually aggressive allegation among other claims, all strongly denied by the governor. The woman says it happened over a two-year period and as recently as late last year.
The alleged victim told the "Albany Times-Union" that the governor groped her, and "sometimes he would pull my whole body close to him. I remember purposely, like, taking my pelvis and pulling away. I knew what he was doing."
The accuser says, over time, the hugs would grow tighter and last longer. At one point, she told him to stop and said, "You're going to get us in trouble." That's when he slammed the door shut. He said, "I don't care."
On New Year's Eve of 2020, she was helping prepare for the State of the State Address when Cuomo asked to take a selfie. She said, "He's like rubbing my butt cheek but not saying anything. That was the first blatant move."
At least eight women have accused the governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. Last month, Cuomo said this.
ANDREW CUOMO: I want you to know this from me directly. I never touched anyone inappropriately.
DICK BRENNAN: But some legislators say it's past time for the governor to go.
ALESSANDRA BIAGGI: It's very unclear to me how this many women can speak up about the abuse of this governor. And that man is still sitting in our highest level of office.
DICK BRENNAN: State Senator Alessandra Biaggi says the assembly is dragging its feet on impeachment.
ALESSANDRA BIAGGI: We have more than enough information right now for the assembly to draft the articles of impeachment. It's these scandals plus, as we cannot forget, the 15,000 lives who have been lost in nursing homes.
DICK BRENNAN: For now, time has been on the governor's side.
Is this working for the governor?
DAVID BIRDSELL: It's working for the governor in two respects. One, he's staying in office. Two, he's able to affect policy.
DICK BRENNAN: Professor David Birdsell at Baruch College says the windfall of billions from Washington may help the governor with allies.
DAVID BIRDSELL: He's going to be able to use the prospect of that allocation to curry a lot of favor very quickly with people who are already lining up to try to figure out how those funds will be distributed.
DICK BRENNAN: Now, in his statement today, the governor's attorney said that the people of New York know the governor. He has spent 40 years in public service and in the public eye. He has repeatedly made clear that he never made inappropriate advances or inappropriately touched anyone. Jessica?
JESSICA MOORE: Dick, thank you.