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Report: Current Cuomo Aide Alyssa McGrath Accuses Governor Of Sexual Harassment

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More damaging allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out Friday with an eighth woman accusing him of sexual harassment; CBS2's Marcia Kramer reports.

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- We are following breaking news. Governor Cuomo faces new claims of sexual harassment from an eighth woman who was a current employee of the governor's office. And she's friends with another employee who claims the governor groped her at the executive mansion. CBS2's political reporter Marcia Kramer has the story.

MARCIA KRAMER: More damaging allegations come out today. Lisa McGrath, an employee of the governor's office, telling the New York Times of a series of unsettling interactions with the governor. "Mr. Cuomo would ogle her body, remark on her looks, and make suggestive comments to her and another executive aide." The newspaper reported.

McGrath, the first current employee to speak publicly about allegations of sexual harassment, is close friends with another woman who has accused the governor of groping her breasts in the executive mansion. "She froze when he started doing that stuff to her." McGrath said of the woman who has not been identified. She also claimed that a co-worker told her that the governor had asked her not to talk about the alleged incident, knowing that the two women quote, "regularly spoke and texted about their interactions with Mr. Cuomo" close quote.

Meanwhile, CBS2 has obtained further evidence of how the governor deals with adversaries. It came in the fall of 2018, after Cuomo defeated Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary. Nixon had been backed by the Working Families Party, a leader of the party told Cuomo it would now back him in the general election because he was better than a Republican.

Audio obtained by CBS2 shows Cuomo didn't like that comment one bit. "And if you ever say, well he's better than a Republican, again. Then I'm going to say, you're better than a child rapist. How about that?" Team Cuomo says the governor has no recollection of that conversation. "This three-year-old conversation happened after a very contentious political campaign where things were charged on all sides. He doesn't remember it occurring" said spokesman Richard Azzopardi. Adding it was hyperbole "to illustrate the offensive nature of the WFP's own name calling."

Compounding the governor's problems, the Wall Street Journal says a federal investigation into the administration's nursing home actions is now looking into legislation that originated in the governor's office to protect doctors, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes from lawsuits and criminal liability related to the pandemic.

And accuser Lindsey Boylan offered more information about the governor's aggressive behavior, telling the New Yorker magazine that she saw a dartboard with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's face on it at a pool party at the executive mansion. The mayor slugged back.

MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO: Well I'll tell you the first thing I thought. You know, we know that Governor Cuomo, like Donald Trump, has been obsessed with the size of his hands. So I thought with those big, big hands, how could he possibly hold those tiny, tiny darts?

MARCIA KRAMER: Mayor de Blasio said the governor was being juvenile and guilty of frat house humor. I'm Marcia Kramer, "CBS2 News".