Andrew Cuomo’s History With Women Comes Under Scrutiny After Resignation

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Damir Mujezinovic

On Thursday, Democrat Andrew Cuomo announced he would step down as Governor of New York, effective August 24.

He made the decision amid intense public pressure, as virtually all prominent Democratic politicians urged him to step down and let Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul take over.

Cuomo, whose nationwide popularity surged amid the coronavirus pandemic, offered his resignation after New York Attorney General Letitia James' investigation found him to be guilty of sexual harraseement.

Cuomo's history with women is now being scrutinized once again. Read more below.

Marriage To Kerry Kennedy

Cuomo married Kerry Kennedy, the seventh child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, in 1990. They have three daughters: Cara Ethel Kennedy-Cuomo, Mariah Matilda Kennedy-Cuomo, and Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo.

According to the New York Post, Cuomo and Kennedy divorced in 2005.

It remains unclear why the couple split up, but reports claim that tensions between Cuomo and Kennedy arose early on in their marriage. Kennedy allegedly demanded marriage counseling to salvage the relationship, but Cuomo was too "consumed with work" to say yes.

Relationship With Sandra Lee

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That same year his divorce with Kerry Kennedy was finalized, Cuomo began a dating Food Network host Sandra Lee. The couple reportedly moved in together in 2011.

Cuomo and Lee's relationship officially ended in September 2019.

The 55-year-old Lee was recently spotted in Southern France with her new boyfriend, writer and producer Ben Youcef, as reported by People.

"They became friends when they met at a Santa Monica restaurant in March. It's very early but they seem to have an undeniable connection. But both are taking things slowly and enjoying getting to know each other," a source close to the couple told the magazine.


Eleven women have accused Cuomo of sexual harraseement, some anonymously.

The first to do so was Democratic politician Lindsey Boylan, who wrote in a February Twitter post that Cuomo once kissed her lips without consent, according to The Associated Press.

In March, Alyssa McGrath, who worked for Cuomo, accused him of making inappropriate comments, holding her "uncomfortably close" in photos and looking down her blouse.

Virginia Limmiatis, an energy company employee, claims that Cuomo "slid his fingers across her chest" at an event, while aide Ana Liss says she felt like "eye candy" while working for the governor and Charlotte Bennett maintains he repeatedly made inappropriate comments.

Approval Rating

Sexual harraseement allegations have had a devastating effect on Cuomo's popularity, bringing his approval rating to an all-time low.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll -- which was released days before Cuomo's resignation -- just 28 percent of respondents said they approve of the job he is doing as governor.

Seventy percent of respondents in the same survey said Cuomo has lost the ability to be an effective leader, while just 27 percent disagreed.

Seventy percent, meanwhile, said Cuomo should step down as governor, including 57 percent of Democrats.