Andrew Cuomo’s ex Sandra Lee is worried for his three daughters after sex allegations, sources say

Andrew Cuomo’s ex Sandra Lee is involved in regards to the affect of his bombshell sexual harassment allegations on his three daughters.

The TV chef and creator, 55, was with the New York state governor for 14 years till their cut up in 2019.

Cuomo has three daughters, Michaela, 23, Cara and Mariah, each 26, from a earlier marriage to Kerry Kennedy, however Lee considers them her personal.

A supply instructed The New York Post: ‘Sandra has spent her entire life advocating for girls, and her ideas are clearly with these girls who’ve bravely introduced these points to gentle. 

‘She is a lady’s girl and a mom initially and her love is with Andrew’s daughters, that is the factor that she actually is involved about.’

Andrew Cuomo's ex Sandra Lee (pictured in Capri on Saturday) is concerned about the impact of his bombshell sexual harassment allegations on his three daughters

Andrew Cuomo’s ex Sandra Lee (pictured in Capri on Saturday) is involved in regards to the affect of his bombshell sexual harassment allegations on his three daughters

Cuomo has three daughters, Michaela (left), 23, Cara and Mariah (right), both 26, from a previous marriage to Kerry Kennedy, but Lee considers them to be her own

Cuomo has three daughters, Michaela (left), 23, Cara and Mariah (proper), each 26, from a earlier marriage to Kerry Kennedy, however Lee considers them to be her personal

Lee moved to California after her cut up with Cuomo in 2019 and is at the moment jetting over Europe, showing at a UNICEF gala in Capri on Saturday.

On Tuesday, she was seen in St Tropez along with her rumored new lover.

Cuomo, now 63, divorced Kerry Kennedy — Bobby Kennedy’s seventh little one — in 2005 two years after he mentioned he found she was having an affair with his shut good friend, polo participant Bruce Colley. 

They had been married for 15 years . 

He met newly divorced Lee at a cocktail occasion within the Hamptons within the fall of 2005 and their relationship grew to become public the next yr when she left California and moved to New York. 

Lee moved to California after her split with Cuomo in 2019 and is currently jetting over Europe (pictured in 2018 with Michaela, left, Maria, second right, and Cara, right)

Lee moved to California after her cut up with Cuomo in 2019 and is at the moment jetting over Europe (pictured in 2018 with Michaela, left, Maria, second proper, and Cara, proper)

Cara Kennedy-Cuomo was spotted arriving at their Albany home on Tuesday hours after the bombshell report dropped

Cara Kennedy-Cuomo was noticed arriving at their Albany residence on Tuesday hours after the bombshell report dropped

Cara was noticed visiting her father’s Albany residence Tuesday within the wake of the allegations, whereas Michaela and Mariah most not too long ago hung out in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

She made headlines final October when it was revealed that she grew to become romantically concerned with a state trooper assigned to Gov. Cuomo’s safety element who was transferred to a put up close to the Canadian border when their relationship was revealed.

Meanwhile her twin sister Mariah has usually been the topic of jokes by Cuomo about her relationship with Tellef Lundevall, 29.

Last yr, he tweeted a photograph of him sitting across the dinner desk with his three daughters saying: ‘Sunday dinner – Check. Meatballs – Check. The Boyfriend – ?’ 

Cuomo’s youngest daughter Michaela not too long ago declared herself to be ‘demisexual’ in a dialogue posted to Instagram, simply weeks after she got here out as ‘queer’.

WebMD defines Demisexual as ‘individuals who solely really feel sexually interested in somebody once they have an emotional bond.’

Cuomo's youngest daughter Michaela (pictured) recently declared herself to be 'demisexual' in a discussion posted to Instagram

Cuomo’s youngest daughter Michaela (pictured) not too long ago declared herself to be ‘demisexual’ in a dialogue posted to Instagram

All three young women moved in with their father at the Governor's Mansion in Albany last year. Pictured: Mariah at a Covid announcement in May last year

All three younger girls moved in with their father on the Governor’s Mansion in Albany final yr. Pictured: Mariah at a Covid announcement in May final yr

The 23-year-old Brown University graduate opened up about her sexuality in honor of Pride month, sharing photos of herself posing in a ‘homosexual for you’ baseball cap, with one picture that includes the rainbow Pride flag and the Pansexual flag within the background.

‘Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo is queer,’ she started the put up, including: ‘Today I stand in my queer identification with delight.’

Kennedy-Cuomo – who majored in schooling and human improvement with a concentrate on social inequality – additionally took on a way more public position throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when her father enlisted her assist encouraging youthful folks to stick to security tips and social distancing.

Michaela joined her father at a number of press conferences, the place she spoke about her personal experiences throughout the pandemic, and urged millennials and Gen-Z to cease being reckless as instances soared within the state.

She additionally used social media to advertise social distancing and face coverings, sharing a number of posts on her feed and her Instagram Stories in regards to the significance of following New York’s security tips.

Cuomo (pictured with his daughters at Pride in 2019) divorced Kerry Kennedy ¿ Bobby Kennedy's seventh child ¿ in 2005

Cuomo (pictured with his daughters at Pride in 2019) divorced Kerry Kennedy — Bobby Kennedy’s seventh little one — in 2005

Her position was very nicely paid by Cuomo, who gave every of his three daughters $330,000 from the $5 million guide deal he inked final yr, citing their ‘tireless’ work all through the pandemic.

What subsequent for Andrew Cuomo?

It seems like checkmate for Andrew Cuomo as strain grows on him to step down regardless of his determined makes an attempt to cling on to energy.

Senior Democrats together with President Joe Biden are pushing for Cuomo to resign, with some seeking to impeach the embattled politician.

New York state meeting speaker Carl Heastie, who launched an impeachment inquiry in March, mentioned Cuomo has ‘misplaced the arrogance of the Assembly Democratic majority’ and ‘can not stay in workplace’, in line with CNN.

If Cuomo tries to cling on to energy fairly than step down, he’ll probably face an impeachment probe. 

Impeachment could be carried out by the New York state meeting which is made up of 150 lawmakers.

Only a majority of votes is wanted for impeachment for ‘misconduct of malversation’, in line with the state structure.

The meeting’s make-up is overwhelmingly Democrat, with 106 out of 150 seats, and a majority of 76 votes wanted for impeachment. 

If impeached, Cuomo could be succeeded by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. 

A trial would then be held by the New York senate the place Democrats maintain 43 of 63 seats and a two-thirds majority is wanted to convict. 

If convicted, Cuomo could be faraway from workplace, but when he is discovered not responsible, he might return to being governor. 

An impeachment probe launched in March is nonetheless ongoing and state leaders are assembly to resolve whether or not to proceed or draft articles in different areas of Cuomo’s management referring to the nursing houses Covid scandal, cover-up allegations over the Mario Cuomo Bridge, and claims of utilizing state assets for private achieve.

So far, Cuomo has insisted he has carried out nothing mistaken and has made no strikes to step down as he tries to cling on to energy.

All three younger girls moved in with their father on the Governor’s Mansion in Albany final yr and took turns showing at press conferences, whereas additionally standing by their father as he rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange.

Cuomo refused to resign Tuesday regardless of rising calls to step down and the rising chance of impeachment. He is contesting a damning report from AG Letitia James which discovered he sexually harassed 11 girls, claiming it omits information and is a political assault on him 

James launched her long-awaited report into the allegations towards embattled Cuomo on Tuesday morning. It says he sexually harassed 11 girls together with some whose allegations weren’t beforehand identified, like two state troopers and an govt assistant who mentioned he groped her breast on the Governor’s Mansion in Albany in November 2020.

James mentioned all the allegations are corroborated however she has not really helpful any prison costs towards him, saying the scope of her work did not embody prosecution.

There has since been an onslaught of calls for him to resign afterwards on either side of the aisle, together with from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who went so far as to name for him to be impeached.

President Biden mentioned Tuesday that he stood by remarks he made in March that Cuomo ought to resign if the report substantiates the ladies’s allegations.

Before Biden’s remarks and shortly after the report was launched, Cuomo addressed the accusations in a recorded assertion, saying he is a ‘heat’ one who generally ‘slips’ and calls girls who work for him ‘sweetheart and darling’, however insisting he has by no means been predatory or bodily in his interactions with staffers.

His legal professional has additionally launched an 85-page rebuttal to the report which she says she is going to proceed to replace.

‘Even on a fast first assessment, it is clear that the report purposefully omits key proof,’ mentioned Cuomo’s legal professional Rita M. Glavin.

In his televised handle, Cuomo used a slideshow of photos of him hugging and kissing folks all through his life to exhibit what he described as an affectionate and tactile character, that he says the ladies have confused for a sexual predator. 

‘This has been a protracted and painful interval for me and my household as others feed tales to the press. I by no means touched anybody inappropriately. The information are a lot completely different to what has been portrayed.

‘I’m 63 years previous. I’ve lived my complete grownup life in public service. That is simply not who I’m or who I ever have been,’ he mentioned.

He went on: ‘Trial by newspaper and biased opinions will not be the best way to seek out the information. I welcome the chance for a full and honest assessment earlier than a choose and jury as a result of this simply didn’t occur.’

Cuomo, who has always denied the allegations, gave a televised address an hour after James' report was released during which he denied all of the claims and called the report a political attack on his character. He says he welcomed the 'opportunity' for a 'full and fair review' of the facts

Cuomo, who has all the time denied the allegations, gave a televised handle an hour after James’ report was launched throughout which he denied all the claims and referred to as the report a political assault on his character. He says he welcomed the ‘alternative’ for a ‘full and honest assessment’ of the information

The 168-report was released on Tuesday after a five month investigation by the NY AG. It substantiated the allegations of 11 women who say Cuomo sexually harassed them either by groping them or making inappropriate comments dating back to 2013

The 168-report was launched on Tuesday after a 5 month investigation by the NY AG. It substantiated the allegations of 11 girls who say Cuomo sexually harassed them both by groping them or making inappropriate feedback relationship again to 2013 

New York Attorney General Letitia James announcing her findings on Tuesday after a five month investigation. She said she believes all of the women but she cannot bring criminal charges, instead saying her focus was on determining if the allegations were true

New York Attorney General Letitia James asserting her findings on Tuesday after a 5 month investigation. She mentioned she believes all the girls however she can’t deliver prison costs, as an alternative saying her focus was on figuring out if the allegations have been true 

President Biden – who mentioned in March that Cuomo ought to resign if the report finds the allegations true – is but to remark however whereas talking with Latino leaders within the State Dining Room of the White House mentioned: ‘I’m going to be talking on COVID at 4 o’clock and can take questions on COVID and different points after that.’

He had been requested if Cuomo ought to resign.

In his rebuttal, Cuomo mentioned he’d by no means sexually harass anybody, a lot much less a sexual assault survivor like Charlotte Bennett – one of many accusers – claiming he has helped a feminine relative overcome sexual abuse himself.

He mentioned that the ladies invariably misinterpreted his ‘heat’ gestures like hugs and kisses, or misunderstood compliments.

After he spoke, critics renewed calls for him to resign and a few advised he must be impeached.

‘My first ideas are with the ladies who have been topic to this abhorrent conduct, and their bravery in stepping ahead to share their tales,’ NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned in a press release.

CUOMO FACING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND IMPEACHMENT 

The Albany District Attorney mentioned on Tuesday he would use the NY Attorney General’s report in Andrew Cuomo in an ongoing prison investigation into the embattled governor as New York State Democrats plotted to question him. 

Cuomo, who denies the allegations within the report, has vowed to battle them and is refusing to step down. 

Now a few of the most senior Democrats within the New York Legislature are planning to attract up articles to question him. 

‘Governor Cuomo should resign. The Attorney General’s report leaves no room for some other acceptable course. 

‘It confirms that federal and state legal guidelines have been damaged. 11 girls is 11 too many,’ Senator Liz Krueger, one of the senior Democrats in New York’s Senate, tweeted. 

AG Letitia James didn’t weigh any prison costs towards Cuomo however Albany DA David Soares has launched an investigation and is asking girls to come back ahead.  

‘We will probably be formally requesting investigative supplies obtained by the AG’s Office and we welcome any sufferer to contact our workplace with extra info.

‘As this matter is growing and we’re reviewing the doc launched by the AG immediately, we are going to chorus from any extra public remark presently concerning the standing of the continued prison investigation by our workplace,’ he tweeted in a press release.  

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has mentioned that if Cuomo continues to withstand calls to step down, he should be impeached. 

‘It is past clear that Andrew Cuomo is not match to carry workplace and might not function Governor. 

‘He should resign, and if he continues to withstand and assault the investigators who did their jobs, he must be impeached instantly.’

‘The Attorney General’s detailed and thorough report substantiates many disturbing situations of extreme misconduct. Andrew Cuomo dedicated sexual assault and sexual harassment, and intimidated a whistleblower.

‘It is disqualifying.

‘It is past clear that Andrew Cuomo is not match to carry workplace and might not function Governor.

‘He should resign, and if he continues to withstand and assault the investigators who did their jobs, he must be impeached instantly,’ de Blasio mentioned.

New York Senate Minority and Majority Leaders each referred to as for him to resign.

‘The Attorney General’s report clearly and concisely paperwork that Governor Cuomo engaged in disturbing and unacceptable conduct.

‘Andrew Cuomo lacks the integrity required to be the chief of our state and might not function New York’s Governor.

‘He should heed the calls of so many New York leaders and resign,’ Senate Minority Leader Michael Gianaris mentioned.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins mentioned: ‘This report highlights unacceptable conduct Cuomo and his administration. The Governor should resign for the nice of the state.

‘Now that the investigation is full, and the allegations have been substantiated, it must be clear to everybody that he can not function Governor.’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) launched a joint assertion calling for Cuomo’s resignation:

‘As now we have mentioned earlier than, the reported actions of the Governor have been profoundly disturbing, inappropriate and fully unacceptable. Today’s report from the New York State Attorney General substantiated and corroborated the allegations of the courageous girls who got here ahead to share their tales — and we commend the ladies for doing so.

‘The New York State Attorney General has performed an unbiased, thorough {and professional} investigation that discovered the Governor violated state and federal regulation, had a sample of sexually harassing present and former staff, retaliated towards at the least one of many accusers and created a hostile work setting.

‘No elected official is above the regulation. The folks of New York deserve higher management within the governor’s workplace. We proceed to consider that the Governor ought to resign.’

The 168-page report by James’ workplace finds that Cuomo fostered a ‘poisonous work setting’ the place girls have been punished for reporting their allegations. It says that as an alternative of coping with the complaints correctly, the ladies have been merely moved out of his orbit, into completely different departments.

The report cites ‘related legal guidelines’ as Employer Liability and Executive Chamber Policy. 

Among the allegations which the report says are true is that he sexually harassed a state trooper by operating his ‘finger from her neck down her backbone’ whereas they have been sharing an elevator and saying ‘hey you’.

He is additionally mentioned to have rubbed a state worker’s abdomen, ran his finger throughout the chest of one other girl, and engaged in ‘widespread sample’ of subjecting girls to ‘undesirable hugs’.

Charlotte Bennett, who worked for Cuomo last year, told CBS News she felt 'vindicated' by the report

Charlotte Bennett, who labored for Cuomo final yr, instructed CBS News she felt ‘vindicated’ by the report

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The report concludes: ‘The Governor sexually harassed various State staff by way of unwelcome and undesirable touching, in addition to by making quite a few offensive and sexually suggestive feedback.

‘We discover that such conduct was a part of a sample of conduct that prolonged to his interactions with others exterior of State authorities.’

Non-consensual touching, repeatedly made feedback of a sexualized, gender primarily based nature. Cuomo was grilled for 11 hours as a part of the investigation.

During questioning, the report says he ‘didn’t dispute that he generally commented on workers members’ look and apparel (though usually solely to go with), and acknowledged that, being “old fashioned,”.

He mentioned he makes use of phrases like ‘honey’, ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’ and that he usually gave girls hugs and kisses – generally on the lips.