The allegations claim that there were "instances of physical abuse" that his wife, Kerry Kennedy had to suffer before they divorced.
On Valentine's Day in 1990, Andrew Cuomo proposed to Kerry Kennedy—the seventh of Robert Kennedy’s 11 children. And as soon as she said yes, Cuomo took the reigns on planning their wedding, treating it much like a political campaign, it's been said. "Andrew refused to do anything fun, anything without a clear benefit to his career," remarked a family acquaintance, according to Vanity Fair.
Back then, Kerry was a bit shaken by the three-inch binders he had, detailing out every aspect of their wedding, and her family found it strange how Cuomo completely forbade the idea of having toasts at their wedding. The Kennedys thought there was no fun at all in having no toasts, but Cuomo put his foot down to avoid any unsavory stories from being narrated at his wedding.
On June 9, 1990, the pair tied the knot and the two American political families were joined by the union, only to bitterly disintegrate about 15 years after the grand wedding. The couple had three daughters together, but the control that Cuomo enforced on Kerry and his dislike for typical Kennedy-family-things reportedly started weighing down on their relationship, according to New York Daily News.
"Her problems with her husband were strictly personal," author Michael Shnayerson wrote in Vanity Fair, as quoted by New York Post. Along with complaining about how the current New York Governor wasn't involved in their daughters' school lives, Kerry also made allegations that were far more serious about her ex-husband. "Kerry was done being ridiculed and belittled. Either Andrew would work on the marriage or he wouldn’t, and the two would divorce," wrote Shnayerson while recounting the information he received from a source close to the couple.
By 2002, Kerry had made up her mind and wanted her marriage with Cuomo to end after he dropped out from the race to be governor the same year. Kerry made it clear that she wanted him out of the house but Cuomo reportedly refused to leave, and he would not bother to respond to lawyers either. For six months, Cuomo refused to leave and Kerry revealed that she would sleep inside a locked bathroom to protect herself from her ex-husband's alleged abuse.
"On more than one night during that period, Kerry slept in a locked bathroom, according to a source close to the family, who recounted instances of physical abuse. 'I’ve been a human rights activist, and for women who have abusive husbands,' Kerry told a friend, 'and here I am enduring this abuse,'" Schnayerson wrote.
According to the Daily Mail, one Kennedy sibling said about Cuomo, "We tried to be gracious, but... it turned on his lack of humanity. That's where I started to think, this is a bad guy. He's just a bully." In 2005, the couple's divorce was finalized and now, more than a decade and a half later, Cuomo has sexual harassment allegations swirling around him. Added to that is the new allegation of him physically abusing the Kennedy daughter while they were married, according to the article Shnayerson wrote for Vanity Fair.
In a statement on behalf of the governor, a spokesperson said, as quoted by New York Post, "The divorce was over 15 years ago and was tabloid fodder for weeks with all sorts of untrue rumors circulating. Time has proven them all false. Andrew is a great father, and his daughters will be the first to say that Kerry and Andrew have been great co-parents — and time showed those who spread the rumors were actually the problem."
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