Yesterday evening, noting the the “Love Guv’s” accusers had risen to seven, I wrote, I thought in jest, “Oooh…Bill Cosby must be getting worried!” Now the Cos, who has over 50 women who say he drugged and molested them, really might wonder if Cuomo is a threat to his record. For The Independent reports,
A New York Magazine report outlines 30 new women accusing Andrew Cuomo with a litany of various allegations. As a result, several say they had to go to therapy, take anti-depressants, and call a suicide hotline….One of Cuomo’s speechwriters accused him of “racialized abuse” and said that she was only hired to “fill a quota”. Accuser Ana Liss, 35, told New York Magazine “started pursuing mental-health services when I was there because I thought I was going crazy. My parents thought I was going nuts”. “I was angry and crying all the time, and I went on Lexapro,’ she added. ‘I did call in to a suicide hotline because I felt like such a friggin’ nobody.”
The sudden jump in accusers is a surprise, but not the mounting total. After accuser #2 came forward, I wrote, “[T] he acid test for sexual harassment (and worse) is whether there are additional victims who come forward after the first one breaks the silence. Cuomo is now up to two. It’s a safe bet there are more.” Mark that as one more fact that the mainstream news media withheld that readers here were alerted to.
What’s going on here? Why, it’s the exact same phenomenon I was banned from NPR for explaining on the air. To be sexual harassment, the advances must be unwelcome. As long as Cuomo was considered popular, powerful and cool, some or many of the women he treated as perks of his office may have welcomed the flirting, groping and the rest. It meant they were held in favor; it meant they had a potential ticket to advancement. Then, when the Governor’s star fell, both from killing old people in nursing homes and the emerging sex scandal, those once-welcome advances were welcome no more. The law doesn’t say when sexual advances have to become unwanted, and nobody but the victim can say when they are seen as unwelcome. Now that public opinion is turning on Cuomo, those once tolerant women are thinking, “Ew! That creep touched me, too. Hey! MeToo!”
That’s sexual harassment law.
Don’t blame me.