A former aide to Andrew Cuomo while he served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development alleged a “pattern” of discrimination and harassment while working with the now-governor of New York, calling him a “master of the dark art.”
Karen Hinton, who served as a press secretary for Cuomo when he was secretary of Housing and Urban Development in former President Clinton’s administration, penned an op-ed in The Daily Mail on Monday, titled “The Andrew Cuomo I have known: A long pattern of harassing staffers, especially women,” saying she witnessed a “pattern” of Cuomo’s misconduct.
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“Studies have shown that toxic work environments for women grow after a male boss or co-worker commits multiple incidents of sexual harassment and abuse. Each incident may seem small at times, but they add up, creating a pattern,” Hinton wrote. “This has been the case with Andrew Cuomo, accused of sexual advances, abuse and harassment by at least 10 women, former and current staff in his office.”
Hinton first took her allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo public in March. Cuomo has denied the allegations.
But in the op-ed Monday, Hinton recalled incidents involving other unnamed staffers at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Cuomo refused to hire a highly qualified woman for a HUD position because she was ‘not attractive enough’ for him, he told me,” Hinton wrote. “He hired a white guy.”
She added: “This wasn’t sexual. It was gender discrimination, not a trivial offense.”
Hinton also wrote that female staffers had been bullied and publicly humiliated by Cuomo.
“This wasn’t kissing. It was sexual harassment and discrimination,” she wrote.
Hinton also claimed she witnessed Cuomo “flirt with and tease a young, attractive staffer at HUD who began to think Cuomo cared for her.”
“As a result, she and her boyfriend, who had worked for Cuomo, broke up. Cuomo’s flirt had been a payback move because the boyfriend had left his job without Cuomo’s permission. A few years later, the woman staffer reappeared in New York looking for a job, and Cuomo did nothing to help her,” she wrote.
“This was more about power and control than a sexual o
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