Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy's daughters stay silent over sex assault scandal after seventh accuser emergesMarch 14, 2021
ANDREW Cuomo's daughters have so far remained silent on the growing sex pest scandal engulfing their father.
Senior Democrats including Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer have called on the New York governor to quit following allegations by at least seven women.
On Friday embattled Cuomo, 63, was spotted walking arm in arm with daughter Mariah, 26, outside the Executive Mansion in Albany.
She at least appears to be supporting him as he fights for his political survival.
Mariah has not commented directly on the scandal, but yesterday she retweeted a post by Billy Baldwin.
The actor said: "I have known the entire Cuomo family since the 1980s. I have tremendous respect & admiration for every single one of them.
"Don’t you think, after 40 years as a New York public servant, he deserves and has earned the right to an investigation before everybody rushes to judgment?"
Mariah's pinned tweet is a selfie with her dad along with her twin Cara and younger sister Michaela.
She commented on the January 2 pic: "New year, same #nytough fam!"
Harvard graduate Cara appears not to have commented on the allegations against her father.
Michaela, 23, has also remained silent even though she has previously been outspoken on sexual politics.
She was a vocal advocate of sex assault victims while a student at the Ivy League Brown University.
In 2019, she argued in an essay for Brown Political Review that official investigations into sexual assault and harassment are set up to defend "predators" and "silence" victims.
The title of Michaela’s essay was "Institutional Gaslighting; Investigations to Silence the Victim and Protect the Perp."
She wrote: "In effect, the goal of those who investigate the wrongdoing is not to decipher the truth or dole the consequences, but rather to silence the victim, consequently enabling the predator."
Michaela also founded an activist group called Cultivating Upstanders for Sexual Assault Prevention, or CUSP, according to her LinkedIn.
A post on the group’s Instagram lays out "The Rape Pyramid" asserting that an "unwanted touch" would "reinforce and excuse higher-up actions."
Cuomo is facing an official investigation into sex pest allegations by a string of women including former aides in his office.
He has also been accused of mishandling the Covid pandemic, including claims he covered up deaths in nursing homes.
On Friday, reporter Jessica Bakeman became the seventh woman to make public allegations against him.
Recalling a number of advances, she wrote: "Andrew Cuomo’s hands had been on my body — on my arms, my shoulders, the small of my back, my waist — often enough by late 2014 that I didn’t want to go to the holiday party he was hosting for the Albany press corps at the executive mansion"
One one occasion, she recalled: "He took my hand, as if to shake it, then refused to let go.
"He put his other arm around my back, his hand on my waist, and held me firmly in place while indicating to a photographer he wanted us to pose for a picture."
She added: "Sexual harassment is so ubiquitous in Albany we often don’t call it what it is.
"In the course of my reporting, Cuomo never let me forget I was a woman."
Other accusers include a former Obama aide who says he tried to kiss her at a wedding.
The firestorm around Cuomo grew this week after it emerged the latest sex harassment claim that he "groped an aide under her shirt" has been reported to police.
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday became the most prominent Democrats who have so far called on him to resign.
They said in a joint statement: “Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York.
"Governor Cuomo should resign."
They added: “We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct.”
Cuomo once again refused to quit and insisted he had "no inappropriate sexual relationships."
"I'm not going to resign. I was not elected by the politicians, I was elected by the people."
He accused state Democrats of being "reckless" by demanding his resignation now and not waiting for the outcome of the investigation.
It comes after the state Assembly opened an investigation into the allegations against the 63-year-old Democrat and his handling of nursing home deaths.
Cuomo's governor job appears to be hanging by a thread after at least 121 members of the state Assembly and Senate called on Cuomo to quit, according to a tally by The Associated Press.
The count includes 65 Democrats and 56 Republicans.
As of Friday morning, a raft of powerful Democratic members of New York's congressional delegation had called on the governor to quit.
Yesterday we told of claims Cuomo's ex wife Kerry was frightened of him.
Kerry, daughter of Robert F Kennedy, slept in a lockdown bathroom when he was home during their divorce, claimed biographer Michael Shnayerson.
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