(PresidentialInsider.com)- The news keeps getting worse for New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in regard to the sexual harassment allegations against him.
New York Attorney General Letitia James recently released a bombshell report that found Cuomo indeed sexually harassed many female members of his staff. In addition, he did the same with a state trooper and other state employees.
As part of that report, it’s alleged that Cuomo had top officials in his office release personnel files that were confidential for one of his former aides who had accused him of sexual harassment. This was apparently done as a way to try to discredit her allegations against the governor.
The aide in question is Lindsey Boylan, who worked as one of Cuomo’s aides between 2015 and 2018. She was one of the first women who came forward to accuse Cuomo of the sexual misconduct.
In a tweet Boylan sent in December of 2020, she called the governor “one of the biggest abusers of all time.” In February, she then published on Medium full details of her encounters with him.
In that post, she said she resigned from working with Cuomo in 2018 after he made an advance and kissed her without her consent. That followed several years of Cuomo harassing her.
Part of James’ report alleges that Cuomo had officials in his office move quickly to try to discredit Boylan. To do so, they sent reporters her personnel files, which were supposed to be confidential.
Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, saw the tweet Boylan sent in December and went to Alphonso David, the top lawyer for Cuomo, asking for the “full file” on Boylan. David now serves as the Human Rights Campaign’s president.
That full file was then sent from David to Rich Azzopardi, another top advisor for the governor. In the end, Azzopardi sent the file to The New York Post, The New York Times, the Associated Press and other media outlets.
As James’ report reads:
“The evidence obtained in our investigation revealed that the complainants’ fears of retaliation were justified. In response to Ms. Boylan’s allegation of sexual harassment, first made in a tweet on December 13, 2020, the Executive Chamber engaged in a series of responsive actions that were intended to discredit and disparage Ms. Boylan.”
As part of the confidential files, there were documents that would’ve been protected by the attorney-client privilege, James’ report stated.
The New York Times published a report in March that said the files referenced various “unflattering accounts” of Boylan’s time as a manager in the department.
James’ report also detailed the extreme lengths DeRosa went to so she could potentially protect Cuomo from the fallout that could happen from the alleged leak. The report reads:
“According to Ms. DeRosa, she only notified the Governor about releasing the Confidential Files to the press after the Executive Chamber did so, because she wanted to protect him from any criticism. The Governor testified that he did not recall having been in any conversation about disclosing the Confidential Files, and that he only learned about it after the fact from the press.”