October 2, 2022

Facebook Manager Allegedly Told Andrew Cuomo To Victim Shame Victim

This week textual content messages launched by the New York Lawyer Common’s workplace present {that a} Facebook supervisor who as soon as labored for Andrew Cuomo secretly suggested the ex-governor’s crew to “victim shame” a sexual harassment accuser.

The Facebook worker tried to cowl up her involvement in advising the disgraced former governor, however that didn’t go as deliberate.

“Like I’m nervous about FB knowing I’ve been working on this etc. etc.,” Dani Lever, the previous Cuomo staffer, despatched out in March. The identical day that that message was despatched out, Cuomo spokesman Wealthy Azzopardi advised Lever he’d had gotten her identify taken off a information story that was set about to return out, the New York Submit reported.

“Rich I could kiss you but it seems like bad form this week,” she replied, which was on the time that the governor was surrounded by allegations he’d acted inappropriately towards staffers.

The 2 labored to assist Cuomo reply to the allegations in opposition to him. Lever, who has labored for Facebook since August 2020, advised the then-governor’s team for months, the messages revealed. At one level, Lever helped Cuomo aides in smearing former Cuomo staffer Lindsey Boylan, who had accused the governor of sexual harassment in December 2020.

“I think we can victim shame on the record,” Lever wrote in a December 2020 message to Azzopardi and Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s No. 2. In response to the lawyer basic, she additionally helped share the alleged sufferer’s personnel data with reporters.

Lever additionally in contrast the “victim shaming” technique to President Joe Biden’s response to sexual misconduct allegations from former senate staffer Tara Reade amid Biden’s 2020 marketing campaign.

“This was part of Biden’s response by the way. Biden camp said ‘this absolutely did not happen’ then gave a statement,’” Lever wrote. 

A number of days after that message, Lever quipped to Cuomo good friend Linda Lacewell, “I still don’t know why we are talking to Gov lol. But I’m here for the ride.” 

Lever didn’t cease there. She additionally confronted a former Cuomo staffer for “liking” a tweet from an accuser named Charlotte Bennett.

“You liked Charlotte’s tweet? Call me,” Lever stated in a sequence of messages to the ex-staffer, Andrew Ball, “Was that on purpose?? Can you unlike it.” 

The messages have been found as a part of Lawyer Common Letitia James’ probe into the sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to Cuomo, which in the end led to his resignation in August.

James has additionally been launched materials from her investigation in what Cuomo’s camp has tried to show as a politically motivated motive to spice up her own campaign for governor.

Among the many messages was additionally a 449-page transcript of a deposition of Lever from June. She grilled her about her work for Cuomo and requested why she stored it a secret from Facebook.

“It’s something that I was doing on my personal time, and I would have preferred Facebook not to know about it,” Lever stated.

Lever claims that the majority of her work for Cuomo was carried out with out Facebook’s information. Nevertheless, she did say that she had gotten permission from her Facebook supervisor so as to add her identify on a February letter disputing Boylan’s declare that Cuomo suggested they play strip poker while on a taxpayer-funded jet in 2017

“I asked for permission,” Lever stated. “She was okay with it.”