Source: Zero Hedge

Despite a seventh accuser coming forward NY Gov. Cuomo derided the mounting pressure from his own party as “cancel culture” and insisted he would not bow to it.

But by the end of the day, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, two of the state’s most powerful Democrats, had also called on Mr. Cuomo to resign.

But by the end of the day, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, two of the state’s most powerful Democrats, had also called on Mr. Cuomo to resign.

Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” they said in a joint statement late Friday afternoon. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”

As The NYTimes reports, the sudden mass defection of members of Mr. Cuomo’s own party marked one of the most stinging rebukes of a sitting governor in the state’s history, prompting new questions about his ability to weather the most severe political crisis of his decade-long tenure.

With Gov. Cuomo hanging on by a thread as New York’s Congressional delegation turns against him, the governor remained defiant Friday afternoon, holding a press conference about the COVID-19 response.

But just minutes ago, the New York Post published an account from a 7th accuser, who went on the record, and offered detailed descriptions of the alleged misconduct.

The woman is a former Albany statehouse reporter. Her name? Jessica Bakeman. She claimed she had been harassed by Cuomo several times since the start of her career. Bakeman, who was 25 at the time the alleged harassment started and was working for what is now Politico New York (formerly known as Capital New York), said red flags went up, given her “job was to analyze and scrutinize him.”

“He took my hand, as if to shake it, then refused to let go,” Bakeman wrote. “He put his other arm around my back, his hand on my waist, and held me firmly in place while indicating to a photographer he wanted us to pose for a picture.”

Bakeman alleged Cuomo slid his arm around her shoulders while he told stories with her male colleagues at a party at the Executive Mansion for an outgoing communications aide, and then left his arm to linger, keeping her pressed against him.

“He left it there, and kept me pinned next to him, for several minutes as he finished telling his story,” she recalled of the alleged 2012 incident, when she worked for USA Today. “I stood there, my cheeks hot, giggling nervously as my male colleagues did the same. We all knew it was wrong, but we did nothing.”

During her time covering the governor, Cuomo “never let me forget I was a woman,” Bakeman added, claiming he once mocked her for having a purple phone instead of answering a question during a press gaggle. She claimed he humiliated her once in 2014 when she shouted over a male colleague during a press conference. Cuomo later joked about how she had shut the male colleague down, a joke she said she found demeaning.

Bakeman concluded that Cuomo may not have wanted to sleep with her, but that he still routinely uses “sexual innuendo to stoke fear in us.”

To be sure, her allegations aren’t nearly as salacious as accuser No. 6, who claimed Cuomo placed his hand under her blouse, aggressively groping her, despite Cuomo’s insistence that he never touched anybody in a harassing way.