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A former Albany statehouse reporter Jessica Bakeman is now the seventh woman to publicly accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment detailing on Friday instances of unwanted touching and humiliating comments she endured while covering his administration.
Bakeman says she was sexually harassed by Cuomo several times since the start of her journalism career in 2012.
Her age is unclear.
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In a first-person piece for New York Magazine, she described a 2014 holiday party in which the governor gripped her tightly as she went to say goodbye for the night.
“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, who was 25 at the time and working for what is now Politico New York, said red flags went up, given her “job was to analyze and scrutinize him.”
“I didn’t want a photo of him with his hands on my body and a smile on my face,” she wrote. “But I made the reflexive assessment that most women and marginalized people know instinctively, the calculation about risk and power and self-preservation. I knew it would be far easier to smile for the brief moment it takes to snap a picture than to challenge one of the most powerful men in the country.”
Months into her professional career, 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.
“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.”
She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and English literature from SUNY Plattsburgh, a public liberal arts college in northeastern New York. She proudly hails from Rochester, N.Y.
Bakeman reports on K-12 and higher education for WLRN, South Florida’s NPR affiliate. She is an investigative journalist who has also covered education policymaking and politics in three state capitals: Tallahassee, Fla.; Albany, N.Y.; and Jackson, Miss.
Bakeman is the reporter and producer behind WLRN’s 2019 audio documentary and investigative series, “Chartered: Florida’s First Private Takeover Of A Public School System,” which earned a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for news documentary and an honorable mention for the inaugural Esserman-Knight Journalism Prize. She also played a leading role in WLRN’s coverage of the aftermath of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.