ANDREW Cuomo's ex-wife slept in a lockdown bathroom when he was home as the couple went through their divorce, it has been claimed.Andrew Cuomo and his wife Kerry Kennedy before their divorce in 2005Credit: Getty Images - Getty Cuomo, Kerry and their three daughters, twins Mariah and Cara, and MichaelaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Kerry divorced Cuomo after he first failed run to be governor in 2002Credit: AP:Associated Press
Cuomo's spokesman dismissed the allegations as "false" and "tabloid fodder" in a response published as part of the lengthy piece.
Kennedy allegedly told the family that on "more than one" occasion she would sleep in the locked bathroom as the couple worked out divorce proceedings before their separation in 2005.
"I’ve been a human rights activist, and for women who have abusive husbands and here I am enduring this abuse,” Kerry told a friend, claims Shnayerson.
Shnayerson started work on his Cuomo biography, The Contender, in 2012 and published it in 2015 - and it was direct rival to the governor's own book All Things Possible.
He claims for six months Cuomo refused to move out or respond to his wife's lawyers as proceedings were ongoing in the divorce.
Kerry is said to have told the public they were seeking an "amicable divorce" - but Cuomo is alleged to have leaked to the press that she had an affair with a "Republican polo player".
The politician is also alleged to have made her life "miserable" by "constantly sticking it to her" - such as by refusing to make Christmas plans until December as they shared responsibility of their daughters, twins Mariah and Cara, and Michaela.
"We tried to be gracious, but … it turned on his lack of humanity. That’s where I started to think, This is a bad guy. He’s just a bully," one Kennedy sibling told Shnayerson about the family's relationship with Cuomo.
In a statement, Cuomo's team said: "The divorce was over 15 years ago and was tabloid fodder for weeks with all sorts of untrue rumors circulating. Time has proven them all false.
"Andrew is a great father, and his daughters will be the first to say that Kerry and Andrew have been great co-parents—and time showed those who spread the rumors were actually the problem."Andrew Cuomo is under fire over allegations of sexual harassment and his handling of CovidCredit: Reuters
Shnayerson goes on to lay out how Cuomo was a "bully" in his career, even while serving as an assistant secretary at Housing and Urban Development.
He would allegedly place older civil service officers as "f**heads", "dumb f***s" or "white heads", which was a reference to the color of their hair and their age.
One staffer claimed he was a "macho guy" and another from his team when he was attorney general of New York claimed he would "look at you like you were a moron" if you couldn't answer his questions, according to Shnayerson.
"He might not criticize you to your face ... but he would rap you when you left the room. When you’re a bully, you insult people to their faces. This was to the back," they reportedly said.
Cuomo allegedly called New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli "Chipmunk Balls" and later reportedly mocked then-attorney general Eric Schneiderman as looking like he was wearing make-up.
Shnayerson claims that Cumo liked to play "hardball" - and would even mock his brother, CNN presenter Chris.
He quoted one journalist as describing Cuomo as a "nasty piece of work who took delight in firing and cutting down to size people decades older" while working on his father Mario's political campaigns.Andrew Cuomo is facing calls for his resignation over the allegationsCredit: AFP or licensors
Shnayerson wrote: "The governor may not survive this double-barreled blast, but there is this one other truth to keep in mind.
"In the overall drama that is Andrew Cuomo’s political life, he goes down, he goes up, he goes down, he goes up.
"Always the downswings are his own fault.
"Never can it be said—both his cronies and detractors concur—that, as a result, he changes his stripes."
He added: "With that hard-earned political acumen and hardwired ruthlessness, he may just survive—as the same old Andrew Cuomo we’ve known from the beginning. But it’s hard to see how."Andrew Cuomo is accused of grabbing Anna RuchCredit: @evanchill
Cuomo's harrassment accusers
ANDREW Cuomo has faced a slew of sexual harassments allegations.
Jessica Bakeman - Bakeman publicly accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in an emotional expose for New York Magazine.
Charlotte Bennett - Bennett has alleged that Cuomo sexually propositioned her, telling her he was "lonely", he wanted a girlfriend, and was willing to sleep with a younger woman.
Lindsey Boylan - Boylan denounced the New York governor as a "monster" as she accused of sexual harassments and misconduct.
Anna Ruch - Ruch claims Cuomo touched her lower back, then grabbed her cheeks and asked to kiss her at a wedding in September 2019.
Ana Liss - Cuomo allegedly asked if she had a boyfriend and once touched her lower back at an event
Karen Hinton - She alleged the governor summoned her to his "dimly-lit" hotel room and hugged her after a work event about 21 years ago.
Cuomo has now been accused of sexual harrassment by seven women as a former Albany statehouse reporter, publicly accused him in an emotional expose for New York Magazine.
Jessica Bakeman claims she was regularly targeted by the governor after she had to "report on his every move" after beginning her journalism career in 2012.
She alleged Cuomo "never let her forget she was a woman", regularly degrading her in front of male colleagues, and touched her inappropriately at work functions.
During a Covid briefing yesterday afternoon, Cuomo said "women have the right to come forward and be heard and I encourage that fully."
"But I also want to be clear, there is still a question of the truth. I did not do what has been alleged," he said. "Period."
Before ending the conference, he finally confirmed: "I have not had a sexual relationship that was inappropriate, period."Cuomo is under press to resign or could face being impeachedCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday called on the New York governor to resign, and they are the most prominent Democrats yet to say so.
“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," Schumer and Gillibrand said in a joint statement.
"Governor Cuomo should resign."
The senators stated that “confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership.”
Federal investigators are also scrutinizing how the Cuomo administration handled data about how many nursing home residents have died of Covid.
The governor and his aides argued for months that it couldn't release full figures on deaths because it had yet to verify the data.
And the top Democrat in the state Assembly, Speaker Carl Heastie, backed a plan for its judiciary committee to launch an impeachment investigation on Thursday.
The committee can interview witnesses and subpoena documents and its inquiry could be wide-ranging - from alleged sexual misconduct to coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.
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