Current staffer publicly accuses Cuomo of sexual harassment

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Another woman has come forward to accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, this time a current aide.

Alyssa McGrath, who told the New York Times in a story published Friday afternoon that Cuomo sexually harassed her, is the first current staffer to publicly accuse Cuomo of sexual misconduct.

McGrath is the fifth current or former staffer to accuse Cuomo of sexual misconduct. Another current Cuomo aide has accused him of groping her, according to the Times Union, but has remained anonymous.

Cuomo is facing mounting pressure to step down from top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. New York Attorney General Tish James is investigating allegations against Cuomo.

McGrath told the Times that Cuomo would “ogle her body, remark on her looks, and make suggestive comments” to her and another aide. She also said that Cuomo called her and a co-worker “mingle mamas,” called her beautiful in Italian, looked down her shirt and made a comment about a necklace “hanging there,” among other things. The Times’ story said that McGrath didn’t say Cuomo made “sexual contact.”

A lawyer for Cuomo denied wrongdoing to the Times.

“None of this is remarkable, although it may be old-fashioned,” said Rita Glavin, a Cuomo lawyer. “He has made clear that he has never made inappropriate advances or inappropriately touched anyone.”

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