A video exhibiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo difficult a feminine journalist to “eat the entire sausage” in entrance of him on the 2016 New York State Truthful has resurfaced on social media — amid allegations the governor sexually assaulted former staffers.
“I wish to see you eat the entire sausage,” the Democratic governor is heard telling then-NewsChannel 9 reporter Beth Cefalu, as his daughter Michaela sits quietly subsequent to him, in keeping with the video shared by journalist Matt Binder.
“I don’t know if I ought to eat the entire sausage in entrance of you, however I’m positively going to eat it,” responds Cefalu, now a reporter and anchor at Information 12 Westchester.
Cuomo then invitations Cefalu — who snaps a selfie with him whereas holding up her plate — to take a seat at his desk.
“There’s an excessive amount of sausage in that image,” Cuomo says within the cringeworthy trade, prompting laughter from different diners.
Customers slammed Cuomo for his “creepy” and “cringey” interplay with the girl.
“It’s virtually like he’s sexually harassing her in entrance of all people and so they’re simply okay with it, most likely as a result of they’re used to it,” one person stated.
“His daughter appears to be like so uncomfortable! Ew!!!” one other person wrote.
A 3rd stated: “When creepy met cringe.”
Nevertheless, not everybody thought the governor was out of line, arguing that the clip didn’t lower the mustard as proof of sexual harassment.
“How might you presumably learn into that when Andrew Cuomo is introducing his daughter Michaela Cuomo there?” one person requested.
“She was standing there awkwardly taping him whereas he was attempting to eat. Is it doable that he was passive aggressively exhibiting her how a lot it sucks to be videotaped whereas consuming?” one other stated.
“It’s not like he sat there gawking at her whereas she ate it or making perverted jokes,” she added.
And a 3rd wrote: “I dislike this dude as a lot as anybody but it surely’s nonsense like this getting blended up with precise allegations that water down the entire thing.
“He’s consuming a scorching canine, he’s clearly not that blissful about being recorded scarfing one down after which asks her to eat one, she says sure.”
The footage emerged on the day Cuomo tried to clarify away allegations of sexual harassment as “jokes” that had been misinterpreted as “undesirable flirtation.”
“At work generally I believe I’m being playful and make jokes that I believe are humorous. I do, now and again, tease individuals in what I believe is an effective natured method,” Cuomo stated in a ready assertion.
It got here someday after former Cuomo staffer Charlotte Bennett, 25, alleged to the New York Occasions that the governor made a collection of inappropriate remarks that left her satisfied he “needed to sleep with” her.
That declare, in flip, got here lower than per week after one other former staffer, Lindsey Boylan, expanded on accusations she first revealed in December 2020, alleging that Cuomo kissed her on the lips with out warning.
In the meantime, Cuomo agreed to let state Lawyer Common Letitia James appoint an outdoor investigator into the rising scandal.