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NY Times Publishes Accusations Against Gov. Cuomo From 8th Woman

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now facing accusations from an eighth woman; CBS2's Marcia Kramer reports.

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- Breaking news. Governor Cuomo facing accusations from an eighth woman. "New York Times" reports that Alison McGrath was an aide to the governor, has accused him of ogling her body remarking, on her looks, and making suggestive comments to her and another woman in his office.

- And this as the first woman to publicly accuse the governor of sexual harassment shares more details. CBS 2's political reporter Marcia Kramer has that story.

MARCIA KRAMER: Lindsey Boylan, Governor Cuomo's first and most persistent accuser, is offering new and scintillating allegations of sexual harassment. 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 her," 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. I remember being grossed out but also, like, what a dumb third-grade thing to say," she told the magazine.

"The New Yorker" is also reporting that after Boylan went public with a series of tweets last December, a group of current and former staffers went into damage control mode to retaliate. The group, according to the magazine, included Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for the Governor, and Steven Cohen, a former secretary to the Governor. The plan they hatched was to leak Boylan's personnel records, which included allegations she bullied colleagues-- some of them were women of color.

"The Wall Street Journal" says that lawyers for Cuomo's accusers have been told Attorney General Letitia James's sexual harassment probe will also examine whether top aides took steps to intimidate accusers, whether they enabled the Governor's behavior, and how they handled complaints of sexual harassment. Deborah Katz, the attorney for Charlotte Bennett, told CBS 2, quote, "As we have said before, it is imperative that this investigation not only focus on Governor Cuomo's actions, but also on the culture of fear, abuse and secrecy that he and his most senior staff cultivated. To that end, we have full confidence in the investigation and the investigators."

Bennett, Boylan, and Ana Liss have all spoken to investigators. At an event in Yonkers, the Attorney General refused to comment. But how many people have come forward to her office to speak about the Governor?

- Unfortunately, I cannot give you a number.

MARCIA KRAMER: Governor Cuomo did not have a public schedule today, and his office did not respond to requests for comment. I'm Marcia Kramer, CBS 2 News.