The letter attempted to link her to supporters of former President Trump
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was reportedly involved in the writing of a letter his inner circle passed around to former staffers aimed at tarnishing Lindsey Boylan’s credibility after she accused the governor of sexual harassment and repeated unwanted advances, according to a new report.
The letter, according to the New York Times, suggested that Boylan’s accusations were “premeditated” and “politically motivated.” It reportedly revealed personnel complaints filed against her and attempted to link her to supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“Weaponizing a claim of sexual harassment for personal political gain or to achieve notoriety cannot be tolerated,” the letter concluded. “False claims demean the veracity of credible claims.”
The initial idea, three sources told the Times, was to have former Cuomo aides, particularly women, sign the letter before releasing it more publicly. One of those sources said Cuomo was directly involved with the letter itself.
Current aides emailed a draft of the letter to former advisers, before it was circulated more widely to current and former top aides of the governor. The letter was never publicly released.
Boylan, 36, a former aide to Cuomo, was the first of more than a half dozen accusers to go public, writing an essay on the website Medium last month in which she quoted Cuomo as saying to her, “Let’s play strip poker,” and kissing her without consent. Boylan is running as a candidate to be borough president of Manhattan in New York City.
Boylan’s attorney, Jill Basinger, accused Cuomo of using “malicious” tactics against her client.
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