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Gov Cuomo is branded 'creepy' after he is seen in resurfaced clip urging a female reporter to 'eat the whole sausage' when she was presented with a sandwich at state fair

 Andrew Cuomo has been branded 'creepy' by social media users after a video resurfaced of him telling a female journalist that he wanted to see her eating a whole sausage in front of him.

The video, taken at the 2016 New York State Fair, has been shared on social media and referenced in news articles as the New York Governor faces allegations of sexual misconduct. 

In the footage, Cuomo is heard challenging News 12 Westchester's Beth Cefalu to eat an entire Gianelli sausage sandwich before a Cuomo aide handed one to the reporter.


'I want to see you eat the whole sausage,' Cuomo said to Cefalu, who is filming the interaction. 

'I don't know if I should eat the whole sausage in front of you, but I'm definitely going to eat it,' Cefalu responded.

Andrew Cuomo (pictured in 2016 with his daughter Michaela) has been branded 'creepy' by social media users after a video resurfaced of him telling a female journalist that he wanted to see her eating a whole sausage in front of him

Andrew Cuomo (pictured in 2016 with his daughter Michaela) has been branded 'creepy' by social media users after a video resurfaced of him telling a female journalist that he wanted to see her eating a whole sausage in front of him

In the footage, Cuomo is heard challenging News 12 Westchester's Beth Cefalu to eat an entire Gianelli sausage sandwich before a Cuomo aide (center) handed one to the reporter (right)

In the footage, Cuomo is heard challenging News 12 Westchester's Beth Cefalu to eat an entire Gianelli sausage sandwich before a Cuomo aide (center) handed one to the reporter (right)

'I want to see you eat the whole sausage,' Cuomo (second from left) said to Cefalu (third from right)

'I want to see you eat the whole sausage,' Cuomo (second from left) said to Cefalu (third from right)

Cuomo then invited Cefalu to sit next to him at his table and introduced her to his daughter Michaela, seated on his other side.

Cefalu held up her plate to take a selfie with Cuomo, who said: 'There's too much sausage in that picture,' prompting laughter from the others at the table.

The two then joke about how difficult it is to eat on camera, with Cuomo saying there is a course governors take in how to do it.

As the video was reshared on Twitter on Sunday, one user branded it 'creepy' and 'cringey'.

Another pointed out: 'His daughter looks so uncomfortable! Ew!!!'

'This is unwatchable...' a third added.

Others suggested the criticism had been overblown, with one Twitter user writing: 'My God how dare they do this perverse activity of eating sausage in public. Just kidding. Eat on gov, eat on.'  

The Governor has not commented on the video, which critics say shows Cuomo has a history of making inappropriate comments, Fox News reported. Cefalu has also not commented. 


Cefalu (right) held up her plate to take a selfie with Cuomo (left), who said: 'There's too much sausage in that picture,' prompting laughter from the others at the table

Cefalu (right) held up her plate to take a selfie with Cuomo (left), who said: 'There's too much sausage in that picture,' prompting laughter from the others at the table

Beth Cefalu is a reporter for News 12 Westchester, she has not commented on the resurfaced video

Beth Cefalu is a reporter for News 12 Westchester, she has not commented on the resurfaced video

On Sunday, Cuomo apologised and admitted to being 'insensitive' in response to sexual harassment claims against him as he allowed New York Attorney General Letitia James to appoint her own investigators.

Cuomo, who is accused of harassing two former aides, said that he 'never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm'. 

He explained that he would often be 'playful and make jokes that I think are funny... (and) tease people in what I think is a good-natured way. I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times.' 

The embattled governor, 63, said that his 'joking' was an attempt to add 'levity and banter' to 'serious business.'

But he has since acknowledged he may have gone too far.  

'I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended,' he said. 

'I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.' 

The Governor (left) has not commented on the video, which critics say shows Cuomo has a history of making inappropriate comments, Fox News reported. Cefalu (right) has also not commented

The Governor (left) has not commented on the video, which critics say shows Cuomo has a history of making inappropriate comments, Fox News reported. Cefalu (right) has also not commented

Cuomo added: 'To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.'

The New York governor's new statement came after New York Attorney General Letitia James rejected Cuomo's attempt to appoint his own investigator into the allegations and said she expects to receive a 'referral with subpoena power' to investigate.    

Earlier that week, Cuomo, 63, was accused of sexual harassment by a former aide for the second time in three months.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, told the New York Times the governor asked her questions about her sex life, whether she had monogamous relationships and if she ever had sex with older men – all during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bennett said she took the comments to be Cuomo attempting to gauge her interest in an affair. 

Days earlier, another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, 36, a former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, elaborated on accusations she first made in December, saying Cuomo had subjected her to an unwanted kiss and made inappropriate comments about her appearance.

Prior to his comments on Sunday, Cuomo had issued a brief statement a day earlier saying he had intended to be a mentor for Bennett. He has denied Boylan's allegations. 

Charlotte Bennett, 25, (pictured) came out on Saturday and said Cuomo told her he was open to dating women in their 20s and asked her questions about her personal life in June
It comes after Lindsey Boylan, 36, (pictured) claimed he kissed her on the lips without her permission when she worked for him in 2017

Charlotte Bennett, 25, (left) came out on Saturday and said Cuomo told her he was open to dating women in their 20s and asked her questions about her personal life in June. It comes after Lindsey Boylan, 36, (right) claimed he kissed her on the lips without her permission when she worked for him in 2017

On Sunday, Cuomo apologised and admitted to being 'insensitive' in response to sexual harassment claims against him as he allowed New York Attorney General Letitia James to appoint her own investigators [File photo]

On Sunday, Cuomo apologised and admitted to being 'insensitive' in response to sexual harassment claims against him as he allowed New York Attorney General Letitia James to appoint her own investigators [File photo] 

In addition to her claims that Cuomo quizzed her about her sex life, Bennett  also told the Times that the governor once allegedly disclosed to her during a June meeting in his office in Albany that he was ‘so lonely’ and appeared to be hinting for her to embrace him.

The former aide did state that Cuomo never made an attempt to touch her but told her he 'can't even hug anyone'.

Bennett says she said she missed hugging her parents, to which she claims he said: 'No, I mean like really hugged somebody?'

Bennett told the New York Times: 'I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared.

'And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job.'

Lindsay Boylan - a Democratic candidate for Manhattan borough president – previously accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in a series of December tweets, accusing him of 'abusing his power'. 

She later followed up on those claims in an essay published to Medium earlier this week, where she alleged Cuomo kissed her ‘on the lips’ without warning inside his Manhattan office in 2018.

Boylan also claims he asked her to play strip poker on a flight in 2017.

'I should have been shocked by the Governor's crude comment, but I wasn't,’ Boylan wrote of the governor’s request. 'I tried to excuse his behavior. I told myself 'it's only words.'

But that changed after a one-on-one briefing with the Governor to update him on economic and infrastructure projects.

'We were in his New York City office on Third Avenue. As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips. I was in shock, but I kept walking.

‘After that, my fears worsened. I came to work nauseous every day,’ Boylan wrote.

Responding to the allegations made by Bennett on Saturday, Cuomo said: ‘I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.

‘The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported.’

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday rejected Cuomo's attempt to control the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made against him. 

The embattled governor, 63, had said James can take part in the probe - but only if his ally, Judge Janet DiFiore, works alongside her.

Amid mounting criticism Cuomo's office said Sunday that James, pictured, who was independently elected, and DiFiore, who was appointed to the court by Cuomo, have been asked 'to jointly select an independent investigator'

Janet DiFiore is pictured. Announcing the decision to ask AG James and DiFiore to probe the claims Beth Garvey, the top counsel to the governor, said Sunday: 'The Governor's Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach

Janet DiFiore is pictured. Announcing the decision to ask AG James and DiFiore to probe the claims Beth Garvey, the top counsel to the governor, said Sunday: 'The Governor's Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach

But James has demanded he refer the entire investigation to her with 'subpoena power', saying: 'To clarify, I do not accept the governor's proposal. The state's Executive Law clearly gives my office the authority to investigate this matter once the governor provides a referral.


'While I have deep respect for Chief Judge DiFiore, I am the duly elected attorney general and it is my responsibility to carry out this task, per Executive Law. The governor must provide this referral so an independent investigation with subpoena power can be conducted.' 

He had promised a review of the allegations by former federal judge Barbara Jones - who was appointed by Bill Clinton - on Friday. Cuomo was in Clinton's cabinet as Housing and Urban Development secretary. 

But that decision sparked outrage, with many noting Jones had also worked with Cuomo's close ally Steven M. Cohen, who has served as secretary to the governor.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday: 'There must be an independent investigation — not one led by an individual selected by the Governor, but by the office of the Attorney General.' 

Carl E. Heastie, the Assembly speaker, tweeted: 'I believe the Attorney General should make an appointment to ensure that it is a truly independent investigation.'

Democratic state senator Liz Krueger said: 'With all due respect, you can't pick a federal judge who works with your good friend and decide that that's going to be the investigator.'

Amid that mounting criticism his office said Sunday that James, who was independently elected, and DiFiore, who was appointed by Cuomo as chief judge of the state's Court of Appeals, have been asked 'to jointly select an independent investigator'. 

But James rejected that offer. The governor's office didn't immediately comment. Under state law, the state attorney general needs a referral from the governor in order to investigate his conduct.

It was James' office who last month examined the administration's failure to tally COVID-19 nursing home residents' deaths at hospitals. The state then acknowledged the total number of long-term care residents' deaths is nearly 15,000, up from the 8,500 previously disclosed.

Announcing the decision to ask AG James and DiFiore to probe her and Boylan's claims, Beth Garvey, the top counsel to the governor, said Sunday: 'The Governor's Office wants a review of the sexual harassment claims made against the Governor to be done in a manner beyond reproach.

'We had selected former Federal Judge Barbara Jones, with a stellar record for qualifications and integrity, but we want to avoid even the perception of a lack of independence or inference of politics. 

'Accordingly we have asked the Attorney General of New York State and the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals to jointly select an independent and qualified lawyer in private practice without political affiliation to conduct a thorough review of the matter and issue a public report.

'The work product will be solely controlled by that independent lawyer personally selected by the Attorney General and Chief Judge.' 

AG James said Sunday: 'Allegations of sexual harassment should always be taken seriously. There must be a truly independent investigation to thoroughly review these troubling allegations against the governor, and I stand ready to oversee that investigation and make any appointments necessary.' 

A total of 25 lawmakers on Sunday backed the attorney general, saying: 'The governor's proposal to appoint someone who is not independently elected, has no subpoena authority and no prosecutorial authority is inadequate.'

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said: There should be an independent review looking into these allegations.' She said that's something President Joe Biden supports 'and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible.' 

New York state Sen Alessandra Biaggi late Saturday had branded Cuomo a 'monster' and called on him to resign as politicians on both sides of the aisle turn their backs on the governor.

New York lawmakers, including Biaggi, Lt Gov Kathy Hochul and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, rejected Cuomo's suggestion of hiring Jones, some calling for a 'truly independent probe' and others saying he needs to resign altogether. 

'@NYGovCuomo, you are a monster, and it is time for you to go. Now,' Biaggi, a Democrat from the Bronx, wrote on Twitter.  

Biaggi continued in a statement: 'As a New Yorker, a legislator, Chair of the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, and a survivor of sexual abuse, I am calling for Governor Cuomo to resign. 

'I commend the courage of Ms. Bennett and Lindsey Boylan for coming forward.

'The harassment experienced by these former staffers is part of a clear pattern of abuse and manipulation by the Governor, and that pattern makes him unworthy of holding the highest office in New York.'

New York state Sen Alessandra Biaggi branded Cuomo a 'monster'

New York state Sen Alessandra Biaggi (right) branded Andrew Cuomo (right) a 'monster' as politicians on both sides of the aisle turn their backs on the governor after he was accused of sexual harassment by a second former aide

Biaggi, chair of the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, led lawmakers in condemning Cuomo on Saturday

Biaggi, chair of the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, led lawmakers in condemning Cuomo on Saturday

Cuomo's second-in-command Lt Gov Hochul, called for an independent review into the claims, adding: 'Everyone deserves to have their voice heard and taken seriously.'   

Heastie said: 'All allegations of harassment must be taken seriously. A truly independent investigation is warranted.'

New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Cousins said 'no' when asked if the investigation called for by Cuomo were sufficient, adding that the new allegations were 'deeply disturbing and concerning.'

Cuomo promised a review of the allegations by former federal judge Barbara Jones (pictured) on Friday

Cuomo promised a review of the allegations by former federal judge Barbara Jones (pictured) on Friday

Cousins, a fellow Democrat, is calling for Attorney General Letitia James to claim jurisdiction in the issue.

NYC Mayor hopeful Andrew Yang called for an 'aggressive independent investigation', calling for an 'acknowledgement that harassment has no place in public service.' 

Another mayoral candidate, Maya Wiley, noted that Cuomo has not outright denied the allegations.  

'I am disgusted. I believe Charlotte Bennett,' Wiley said in a statement.

'Senior officials in the Governor's office were aware of his behavior … What happened to these complaints? Why was no further action taken? How many other times has this happened?'

State Sen Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat and former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, said in a statement: 'This pattern of behavior requires a swift and immediate, independent investigation, the leader of which must be empowered to access all evidence.' 

Even State Sen James Skoufis, a Democrat who leads the Committee on Investigations and has faced criticism for refusing to subpoena Cuomo and his staff over the nursing home scandal, called for an 'independent, outside, expeditious investigation' of the 'deeply disturbing' allegations.

1 comment:

  1. He was obviously joking. No woman would really want to pair with a man who so closely resembles a drooling mastif. That's bestiality at its most beastly.

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