Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to accuse ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, blasted Chris Cuomo for taking extensive steps in trying to mitigate his big brother’s mushrooming scandal.
“It’s almost as if a whole system is set up to protect powerful men from accountability,” an incredulous Boylan tweeted Monday.
She was responding to a reporter’s tweet showing a text exchange in which the CNN primetime show host told a former top governor’s aide to “please let me help” with the governor’s defense.
The back and forth was unearthed in newly released records from state Attorney General Letitia James’ sexual harassment investigation into Andrew Cuomo.
“Two things I will never fully understand: how many people can let abuse after abuse happen without speaking up and how many people need to see a group of women cry on camera to believe we are telling the truth about that abuse,” Boylan later added on the social media platform.
And in retweeting a post about Chris Cuomo’s silence on the debacle that forced his brother from office, “What we mean when we say many people help in abuses of power along the way.”
Boylan, 37, was the first former aide to publicly accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment and has said that the governor had harassed her multiple times between 2016 and 2018, when she worked as a state economic development official. She’s said Cuomo kissed her on the lips inside his Manhattan office in 2018 and that he once suggested the two play strip poker on a plane.
Her broadsides come after newly released trove of documents from the AG probe revealed that the “Cuomo Prime Time” host clamored to assist his big brother by reaching out to “sources” in the news industry for information, despite downplaying his involvement in the matter.
“I’m not an advisor, I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen, offer my take,” Chris Cuomo claimed in August on his show.
But dozens of text messages from earlier this year show Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, then Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, discussing how to respond to allegations brought by his brother’s accusers and news reports on the scandal that prompted the governor’s resignation.
On Monday afternoon, CNN said it would review the documents to determine their “significance” to the outlet.
“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” the network said in a statement. “We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”
During his show later Monday, Chris Cuomo didn’t mention the damning revelations.