Jessica Beckeman, now a reporter at WLRN in Miami, wrote that she was covering Cuomo when she was 25, and alleged that she often touched him without her consent – “On my arms, my Shoulders, on the small of my back. ” Merry Waist “- and described an incident at a Holiday Party at the Executive Mansion in 2014 where they took her hand, put her arm around her, her hand around her waist and held her” firmly in place. ”
Beckman said that Cuomo did this “pointing to a photographer that he wanted to pose for a picture of us.” She said in front of her co-workers, “Excuse me. Am I making you uncomfortable? I thought we were getting stabilized,” Beckman was described as abusive in an instant.
Beckman described the incident as one of the most egoistic ways as he was sexually assaulted by Cuomo but wrote that it was one of several incidents.
“I never thought the governor wanted to have sex with me. It wasn’t about sex. It was about power,” Beeckmann wrote. “He wanted me to know that I was powerless, that I was small and weak, that I didn’t have the power that I had: a platform to hold him accountable for his words and actions. He wanted me to know. That he can take it. An improper comment or putting my hand on my waist at any moment destroys my dignity. “
CNN has reached out to the Cuomo administration for direct comment on its allegations, but at a news conference on Friday, Cuomo generally denied the new allegations and urged the public to “wait for the facts”.
At the news conference, Cuomo said, “Women have the right to come forward and listen.” “I did not do what is alleged, period.”
Beckman wrote that he feels that Cuomo has harassed both men and women in his experience, but added that “I should never forget that I was a woman.”
“It is not that Cuomo spares men in his class with his trademark bullying and vile behavior. But the way he and rapist women differ,” Buckman wrote. “He uses touch and sexual instinct to instill fear in us. This is the textbook definition of sexual harassment.”
CNN has also reached out to Beckman for further comment on his article.