As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he won’t step down amid a mounting sexual harassment scandal, his ex-girlfriend Sandra Lee has been noticed out and about in Malibu, California, the place she just lately made a contemporary begin after shifting out of the house that they had shared.
‘There isn’t any method I resign. Let the legal professional normal do the investigation and go from there,’ Cuomo stated in a name with reporters on Sunday, including that he won’t be ‘distracted’ by the allegations, which he deemed ‘irrelevant’ till the investigation is concluded.
In the meantime his ex-girlfriend Lee, 54, was seen close to her residence within the ritzy coastal enclave of Malibu on Friday, carrying a flowing white linen seashore gown as she soaked up the solar removed from the frenzy engulfing her former lover.
The movie star chef and Meals Community star started relationship Cuomo in 2005, following his divorce from Kerry Kennedy, with whom he shares three daughters, and the couple broke up in 2019 after greater than a decade collectively.
In December, she made a contemporary begin on the West Coast after promoting the upstate residence in Mt. Kisco that she had shared with the governor whereas they have been collectively.
Lee has not but spoken out publicly both to assist or condemn Cuomo after 5 ladies accused him of untoward remarks, lewd propositions, or inappropriate touching. Seeming shocked by the allegations, Lee responded with solely three phrases when reached by the New York Post, saying: ‘Oh my God.’
Sandra Lee, 54, was seen working errands in Malibu on Friday, carrying a flowing white linen seashore gown as she soaked up the solar removed from the frenzy engulfing her former lover
Lee has been embracing her new life on the West Coast, posting about the perfect sunsets and thanking God for the ocean
Lee was noticed exterior her $3.38 million beachfront home talking with an unknown lady and directing staff from a tree slicing service
Cuomo and Lee are seen collectively in 2018 at a movie screening in New York Metropolis. The movie star chef and Meals Community star started relationship Cuomo in 2005, following his divorce from Kerry Kennedy
Charlotte Bennett, 25, labored as an aide for Cuomo. She claims he sexually harassed her and left her ‘terrified’
At a information convention on Wednesday, Cuomo denied ever touching anybody inappropriately, however apologized for behaving in a method he now realized upset ladies with whom he labored.
It got here as he confronted a second scandal over New York’s dealing with of nursing properties within the coronavirus pandemic, after a prime aide alleged that the true demise toll was withheld to keep away from political fallout.
It was a surprising fall from grace from the highest Democrat, who grew to become a nationwide movie star within the pandemic together with his day by day televised briefings, which have been fêted with an Emmy and celebrated in his triumphant autobiography final yr.
For Lee, the timing of her transfer out west could have been fortuitous, taking her out of the highlight simply earlier than allegations emerged that Cuomo, 63, propositioned an aide in her 20s, allegedly telling her that he was ‘lonely’ after splitting together with his longtime girlfriend.
In December, Lee shared her bittersweet feelings at promoting her beloved Mt. Kisco residence, posting nostalgic snaps of the four-bedroom Colonial fashion residence she known as ‘Lily Pond’.
‘How am I very going to rebuild my life – I do not assume it is potential. It took me a lifetime to construct that residence. The house I by no means had once I was rising up,’ she wrote in a mournful Instagram put up.
On Wednesday movie star chef Sandra Lee, 54, opened up about her heartbreak after shifting out of the Mt. Kisco, New York residence she shared with Gov. Cuomo this week saying, ‘How am I going to rebuild my life?’
In Malibu, the place she has household ties, Lee has made a contemporary begin and embraced West Coast residing in a $3.38 million beachfront home
Lee shared the attractive ocean views from her new Malibu residence as she embraces a brand new West Coast life
‘Sending everybody peace and loving therapeutic regards from Malibu! The most effective sunsets ever thank God for the Ocean!’ Lee wrote in a single put up final week as she relaxes removed from the scandals engulfing her former lover
However in Malibu, the place she has household ties, Lee has made a contemporary begin and embraced West Coast residing in a $3.38 million beachfront home, which sits proper subsequent to the water providing spectacular shoreline views and the huge Pacific.
The one-story residence was inbuilt 1948 and offered to her by a household who had owned the property for greater than 50 years. The home is unfold over 1,700 sq. ft and comes full with two bedrooms.
After settling in to her new beachfront abode, Lee has been posting messages of assist for her family and friends members on Instagram, together with for a beloved uncle who’s struggling well being challenges.
‘Sending everybody peace and loving therapeutic regards from Malibu! The most effective sunsets ever thank God for the Ocean!’ she wrote in a single put up final week.
In the meantime within the Empire State, her ex-boyfriend Cuomo faces a political firestorm and mounting calls to resign.
On Saturday, Ana Liss, 35, and Karen Hinton, 62, each made separate allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to Cuomo, 63, bringing the whole variety of accusers as much as 5.
On Thursday, Lee was noticed working errands in Malibu because the fury surrounding her ex-boyfriend grew
Lee was dressed comfortably in a flowing black sweater jacket and sneakers as she ran errands in her Vary Rover
Liss, who beforehand served as Cuomo’s coverage and operations aide between 2013 and 2015, informed the Wall Avenue Journal that in her time in his administration, the governor had subjected her to unsolicited advances, together with touching her decrease again, kissing her hand and quizzing her about her love life.
Her claims have been adopted by Hinton, who recalled for the Washington Publish about an incident during which Cuomo summoned her to his ‘dimly lit’ lodge room and embraced her after a piece occasion in 2000. Hinton stated she tried to tug away from Cuomo, however claims he pulled her again and held her earlier than she managed to flee the room.
High Democratic lawmakers in New York state remained silent after the newest allegations — regardless of insisting the embattled governor ought to resign if any extra accusers emerged.
State Sen. Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins, (D-Westchester), remains to be but to again up her stance from days earlier when she insisted Cuomo ought to resign if any extra ladies accused him of misconduct.
Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie, (D-Bronx), has additionally remained radio silent within the hours since each Liss’ and Hinton’s allegations have been made.
Cuomo and Lee are seen in 2009. Seeming shocked by the allegations, Lee responded with solely three phrases when reached for her response, saying: ‘Oh my God.’
‘I perceive sensitivities have modified. Habits has modified,’ Cuomo stated. ‘I get it and I’ll study from it’
Amid the mounting allegations, different aides spoke to each the Journal and Publish concerning the ‘poisonous’ work atmosphere allegedly cultivated by Cuomo in his workplace.
It included testimonies from two male aides who claimed the governor would berate them utilizing specific language, calling them ‘pu**ies’ and saying that they ‘don’t have any balls’.
A lot of these aides stated they might solely communicate on the grounds of anonymity as a result of they have been petrified of Cuomo’s ‘wrath’ and his energy to destroy careers, the Publish reported.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican, additionally got here out to publicly denounce Cuomo on Sunday, insisting the American folks ‘deserve higher’ than governors resembling him.
Noem additionally lamented protection of the sexual harassment scandal, saying that it was ‘superb’ to her how ‘otherwise the media has handled Gov. Cuomo to Brett Kavanaugh,’ the now-Supreme Court docket justice who confronted a grilling within the wake of allegations in opposition to him.
Previous to Liss and Hinton, Charlotte Bennett, 25, revealed this week that Cuomo had questioned her about her intercourse life and whether or not she had relationships with older males.
Bennett stated Cuomo additionally informed her he wished a girlfriend, ‘ideally within the Albany space,’ and he was lonely since breaking apart with Lee
She additionally stated she tried to alter the topic when Cuomo’s feedback have been making her uncomfortable, telling him she was pondering of getting a tattoo.
Bennett stated Cuomo responded by suggesting she put the tattoo on her buttocks.
Lindsey Boylan additionally revealed in a February Medium put up that the governor had tried to kiss her on the lips in his workplace and urged they play strip poker throughout a 2017 flight. Cuomo’s workplace has stated these claims are false.
A 3rd accuser, Anna Ruch, 33, then got here ahead telling the New York Occasions that Cuomo put his palms on her face and requested if he may kiss her after assembly her at a September 2019 marriage ceremony.
At Wednesday’s press convention, Cuomo denied any inappropriate touching, and stated that any remarks that made workers uncomfortable have been unintentional.
He stated he had made jokes and requested private questions in an try and be playful and often greeted folks with hugs and kisses, as his father, Mario Cuomo, had completed when he was governor.
‘I perceive sensitivities have modified. Habits has modified,’ Cuomo stated. ‘I get it and I’ll study from it.’