Andrew Cuomo‘s ex-girlfriend Sandra Lee was spotted pumping gas in Malibu Tuesday as sexual harassment allegations mounted against the New York governor.
The celebrity chef, dressed in a blue denim shirt, printed skirt and comfy flats, was seen speaking on her cellphone as she pulled into a gas station to fill up her tank.
On Tuesday, a sixth woman accused Governor Cuomo of sexual harassment during an incident in his home last year – as one of his previous accusers claimed his office was ‘toxic, retaliatory and hostile’.
Another woman who worked for the governor has also claimed that she was disturbed by the governor’s office while on her honeymoon in December, days after the first allegations had been made public.
So far, Governor Cuomo has said he will not step down despite more women coming forward on an almost daily basis accusing him of untoward remarks, lewd propositions, or inappropriate touching.
The former girlfriend of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee, has been spotted out and about pumping gas in Malibu, California
Lee looked closely at the type of gas she was about to purchase at the pump in Malibu
A female aide claimed New York Gov Andrew Cuomo touched her inappropriately during an encounter at his executive mansion last year when she had been summoned for work
Lee has not yet spoken out publicly either to support or condemn Cuomo but seemed shocked by the allegations and when reached by the New York Post, she responded saying: ‘Oh my God.’
Lee, 54, made the move to the West Coast after selling the upstate home in Mt. Kisco where she and the governor lived when they were together.
For Lee, the timing of her move out west may have been fortuitous, taking her out of the spotlight just before allegations emerged that Cuomo, 63, propositioned an aide in her 20s, allegedly telling her that he was ‘lonely’ after splitting with his longtime girlfriend.
Lee recently made a fresh start on the west coast after moving out of the home the couple had shared.
Lee began dating Cuomo in 2005, following his divorce from Kerry Kennedy, with whom he shares three daughters, and the couple broke up in 2019 after more than a decade together.
Celebrity chef Sandra Lee was spotted near her home in Malibu on Tuesday as her ex faces mounting fury over a sexual harassment scandal
Lee dated Andrew Cuomo for 14 years from 2005 to 2019, and they shared two homes together in New York
Lee appeared to be on either a video call or using speaker phone as she continued to hold the phone away from her face
Lee made sure that the gas flap to her car was well and truly shut before driving off
In New York state, two more former aides also came forward over the weekend to accuse Governor Cuomo of sexual misconduct.
Ana Liss, 35, said that when she worked as a policy aide to the governor between 2013 and 2015, Cuomo called her ‘sweetheart,’ once kissed her hand and asked personal questions, including whether she had a boyfriend. She said he sometimes greeted her with a hug and a kiss on both cheeks.
Liss explained how she was was on her honeymoon in December when Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi phoned her out of the blue.
‘I thought at first that it was about work, like maybe it’s an economic development project that we’re working on here,’ said Liss to the New York Post.
‘And he said instead, ‘I have kind of an awkward question to ask you, has Lindsey Boylan reached out to you, have you spoken to her?”
‘And I said, ‘No,’ and then we hung up, and I remember thinking, ‘How many other people is he calling? Why is he calling us?”
Last week Lee was seen running errands in Malibu wearing a flowing white linen beach dress as she soaked up the sun far from the frenzy engulfing her former lover
Cuomo and Lee are seen together in 2018 at a film screening in New York City. The celebrity chef and Food Network star began dating Cuomo in 2005, following his divorce from Kerry Kennedy
Liss’s phone call came just two days after Cuomo’s former adviser Lindsey Boylan first tweeted about being sexually harassed by Cuomo.
Liss, who never made a formal complaint about the governor’s behavior, said she initially thought of Cuomo’s behavior as harmless, but it grew to bother her and felt it was patronizing.
In an interview with WROC on Monday, Liss said she wasn’t sure if her interactions with Cuomo were sexual harassment but did describe it as inappropriate.
‘For me there was one occasion where I was asked if I had a boyfriend by the governor. Those interactions I thought at the time were harmless flirtations, and ‘that’s how he is’. Other women went along with it and reacted kindly and bashfully to that kind of treatment. What really did me in, in state government, was the broader work environment which was hostile,’ she said.
‘It was toxic, retaliatory, hostile. There was screaming, there was name calling. There was a sense of fear in the air that you could say or do the wrong thing at any moment and you could lose your job.’
She said her allegations were not identical to Cuomo’s first accusers but believes it establishes a patter of behavior.
‘There were other women who were subject to much more explicit treatment than I was,’ she said.
‘I’m not claiming sexual harassment per se, I’m just saying that it wasn’t a safe space for young women to work or women in general. There are women that didn’t fit the archetype or the stereotype that were mocked and demoted. Like I said, it was a really retaliatory place to work.’
In Malibu, where she has family ties, Lee has made a fresh start and embraced West Coast living in a $3.38 million beachfront house
Lee shared the gorgeous ocean views from her new Malibu home as she embraces a new West Coast life
‘Sending everyone peace and loving healing regards from Malibu! The best sunsets ever thank God for the Ocean!’ Lee wrote in one post last week as she relaxes far from the scandals engulfing her former lover
Thousands of miles away in Malibu, where she has family ties, Lee has embraced West Coast living in a $3.38 million beachfront house, which sits right next to the water offering spectacular coastline views and the Pacific Ocean.
The single-story home was built in 1948 and sold to her by a family who had owned the property for more than 50 years. The house is spread over 1,700 square feet and comes complete with two bedrooms.
After settling in to her new beachfront abode, Lee has been posting messages of support for her friends and family members on Instagram, including for a beloved uncle who is suffering health challenges.
‘Sending everyone peace and loving healing regards from Malibu! The best sunsets ever thank God for the Ocean!’ she wrote in one post last week.
The complaint was reportedly made by other staffers in the Executive Chamber. The staffer has claimed Cuomo touched her inappropriately at his executive mansion in Albany last year
On Tuesday, a female aide claimed Cuomo touched her inappropriately during an encounter at his executive mansion last year when she had been summoned for work, the Times Union reported.
The complaint was reportedly made by other staffers in Cuomo’s Executive Chamber.
His office was made aware of the allegation over the weekend and reported it to the attorney general’s office, which is charge of the probe into the allegations made by five other women.
‘All allegations that we learn of directly or indirectly are going promptly to the investigators appointed by the attorney general,’ Cuomo’s acting counsel Beth Garvey said following the sixth allegation.
Cuomo, during a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, said he hadn’t been made aware of the sixth allegation.
He doubled down on comments he made last week, saying: ‘I never touched anyone inappropriately.’
Ana Liss, 35, said that when she worked as a policy aide to the governor between 2013 and 2015, Cuomo called her ‘sweetheart,’ once kissed her hand and asked personal questions, including whether she had a boyfriend
Karen Hinton, 62, spoke to the Washington Post on Saturday about about an incident in which Cuomo allegedly summoned her to his ‘dimly lit’ hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000.
Hinton said that she tried to pull away from Cuomo but that he allegedly pulled her back and held her before she backed away and escaped the room.
The governor’s office quickly denied that the incident in the hotel room ever took place.
Peter Ajemian, Cuomo’s director of communications, told the Post that Hinton is a ‘known antagonist of the Governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago’.
‘All women have the right to come forward and tell their story – however, it’s also the responsibility of the press to consider self-motivation. This is reckless.’
Cuomo’s workplace conduct has been under intense scrutiny in recent days as several women have publicly told of feeling sexually harassed, or at least made to feel demeaned and uncomfortable by the Democrat.
Ana Liss, 35, (pictured left) previously served as Cuomo’s policy and operations aide between 2013 and 2015 but claims he subjected her to sexual misconduct during her time in his administration. Karen Hinton (right) claims the governor summoned her to his ‘dimly lit’ hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000 before she managed to escape
Charlotte Bennett, 25, worked as an aide for Cuomo. She claims he sexually harassed her and left her ‘terrified’
Anna Ruch, 33, (left) claimed Cuomo behaved inappropriately at a Manhattan wedding in September 2019. Lindsey Boylan, 36, (right) claims Cuomo commented on her appearance inappropriately, kissed her without her consent and went out of his way to touch her on her lower back, arms and leg
Former adviser Lindsey Boylan, 36, said he made inappropriate comments on her appearance, once kissed her on the lips at the end of a meeting and suggested a game of strip poker as they sat with other aides on a jet flight.
Another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, 25, said Cuomo asked if she ever had sex with older men and made other comments she interpreted as gauging her interest in an affair.
Anna Ruch, 33, who did not work for the state, described Cuomo putting his hands on her face and asking if he could kiss her after they met at a wedding.
In a news conference last week, Cuomo denied ever touching anyone inappropriately but apologized for behaving in a way that he now realized had upset women he worked with.
He said he’d made jokes and asked personal questions in an attempt to be playful and frequently greeted people with hugs and kisses, as his father, Mario Cuomo, had done when he was governor.
‘I understand sensitivities have changed. Behavior has changed,’ Cuomo said. ‘I get it and I’m going to learn from it.’
The state’s attorney general has hired an outside law firm to investigate the sexual harassment allegations.
She has appointed Joon Kim, who was the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York for parts of 2017 and 2018, and employment lawyer Anne Clark to conduct the probe.
Anna Ruch claimed Cuomo put his hands on her face and asked if he could kiss her just moments after they met at a September 2019 wedding in Manhattan. After seeing the above photo, dozens on Twitter called Cuomo a ‘Sexual Frankenstein’