White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki spoke out on Sunday to say that President Joe Biden supports an independent investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) over sexual harassment allegations by two former aides.
“President Biden has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard, should be treated with respect and with dignity. Charlotte should be treated with respect and dignity. So should Lindsey. There should be an independent review looking into these allegations, and that’s certainly something he supports and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible,” Psaki said while appearing on CNN’s “State Of The Union.”
“There should be an independent review of these allegations,” she added, according to Politico. “They’re serious. It was hard to read that story as a woman, and that process should move forward as quickly as possible, and that’s something we all support and the president supports.”
This comes after Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to Cuomo, penned a Medium post on Wednesday in which she accused Cuomo of making unwanted advances against her, and even attempting to kiss her on the mouth.
She alleged that his behavior was “normalized” by his top female staffers, and that he once invited her to play “strip poker” back in 2017.
“Today I am telling my story,” Boylan tweeted on Wednesday.
“I never planned to share the details of my experience working in the Cuomo administration, but I am doing so now in hopes that it may make it easier for others to speak their own truth.”
Today I am telling my story. I never planned to share the details of my experience working in the Cuomo administration, but I am doing so now in hopes that it may make it easier for others to speak their own truth. https://t.co/n1Lcc6Ac66
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) February 24, 2021
Boylan wrote in her Medium post, “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected.”
“His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right” she added. “He used intimidation to silence his critics.”
“And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences,” Boylan charged.