Cuomo has been accused of falsely forcing a female reporter to “eat the entire sausage” in a “creepy” video.
A video of Governor Cuomo asking a female journalist to “eat the entire sausage” in front of him at the 2016 New York State Fair has resurfaced on social media. It has arisen as charges against the governor have resurfaced, including those of sexual harassment.
According to the video posted by journalist Matt Binder, the Democratic governor is heard saying to then-NewsChannel 9 reporter Beth Cefalu, “I want to see you eat the entire sausage,” as his daughter Michaela sits silently next to him.
“I don't know if I can eat the entire sausage in front of you, but I will certainly eat it,” says Cefalu, who has just joined the News 12 Westchester investigative staff.
Cuomo then welcomes Cefalu, who picks up her plate and snaps a selfie with him as he sits at his own table.
When Governor Cuomo jokingly says, “There's so much sausage in that picture,” other customers in the restaurant laugh out loud.
Due to the latest sexual assault accusations, users attacked Cuomo for his “creepy” and “cringey” conduct.
He seems to be sexually assaulting her in front of others, and nobody is really disturbed by it because they have grown used to it, one user says.
Poor girl, looks like she's in pain.” another person posted: Eww!
A third party said, “When creepy and cringe met.”
Although many disagreed, some felt the governor had reasonable cause to doubt the video's legitimacy — claiming that the footage was an unsuccessful display of abuse.
Another user responded: “How could you really be reading into that when Andrew Cuomo is presenting his daughter Michaela Cuomo there?”
She was standing there awkwardly as he was chewing, and taping him. The second one wrote, “I wonder if he was passively-aggressively explaining to her exactly how much it hurts to be watched while feeding.
Twitter consumer wrote, “He didn't just sit there and gawk at her as she eats, or make perverted jokes.”
Additionally, one third stated: “I hate this guy as much as anybody, but it's totally false news like this that gets mixed up with statements that make the accusations less effective.” He is eating a hot dog, he is clearly not pleased about being filmed scarfing one down, and then asks her to eat one. She agrees."
Later in the video, the reporter herself took to Gov. Cuomo's defense when the clip went viral.
When asked whether she was stressed or threatened at the fair, Cefalu tweeted that “the fair offers her and her friend a bit more space to be informal.”
“It's just bad it's not granted some sort of status.”
Filming emerged again on the day when Cuomo sought to justify sexual harassment charges by branding them “jokes” that were misinterpreted as “unwanted flirtation.”
When I go to work, I'm sure I'm being lighthearted and making jokes that I find are humorous. Occasionally, I taunt people in what I feel is a good-natured manner, as prepared by Mr. Cuomo, said in a statement.
Former Cuomo staffer Charlotte Bennett, 25, had made similar claims to the New York Times earlier in the month, claiming that Cuomo had made a series of sexual comments that made her think he "wanted to have sex with her."
The former staffer Lindsey Boylan went on to build on the allegations she first made public in December of 2020, in which she said that Cuomo kissed her on the lips without warning.
Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo decided to provide for the hiring of an independent prosecutor by New York Attorney General Letitia James.