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Gov. Cuomo Aides Details Sexual Harassment Allegations

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The governor is denying the allegations from an aide, who says he groped her. CBS2's John Dias has the details.

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- A shocking new details this morning as the investigation into sexual harassment claims against Governor Cuomo continues.

- He's denying accusations from an aide who says he groped her. CBS News John Dias joins us live from outside the governor's office in Murray Hill. John.

JOHN DIAS: Yeah, good morning to both of you. Well, this accuser is saying that this all happened over a two-year period. The most recent case happening late last year. And as you both mentioned, this morning, the governor, as well as his attorney, are denying it.

This morning, new jarring details into sexual harassment claims against Governor Andrew Cuomo coming to light. An anonymous accuser, who had already told part of her story, is coming forward with more information. She told the "Albany Times Union" that the governor groped her, and, quote, "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 were grow tighter and last longer. At one point, she told him to stop and said, quote, "you're going to get us in trouble." That's when he slammed the door shut. He said, quote, "I don't care."

On New Year's Eve of 2019, she was helping prepare for the State of the State Address when Cuomo asked to take a selfie. She said, quote, "he's like rubbing my butt cheek, but not saying anything. That was the first blatant move." Last month, Cuomo said this--

ANDREW CUOMO: And I want you to know this from me directly. I never touched anyone inappropriately.

JOHN DIAS: At least eight women have accused the governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior. Last night, Cuomo attorney saying, quote, "he has repeatedly made clear that he never made inappropriate advances or inappropriately touched anyone." Professor David Birdsell of Baruch College telling CBS 2's Dick Brennan, for now, time has been on the governor's side.

DICK BRENNAN: 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.

JOHN DIAS: He 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.

JOHN DIAS: But some legislators say it's past time for the governor to go.

ALESSANDRA BIAGGI: We have more than enough information right now for the assembly to draft the Articles of Impeachment.

JOHN DIAS: Now state attorney General Letitia James is still conducting an investigation into all of this. We are told that some of the accusers have already been questioned, but this morning, it is still unclear which ones so far. We are live this morning from Murray Hill. John Dias, CBS 2 News.

- John, thank you.