Near the end of her marriage to Andrew Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy slept in a closed bathroom to protect herself, according to a biographer who closely examined Governor Cuomo’s life.
The abusive harassment helped end the marriage between Cuomo, now 63, and Kennedy, the seventh child of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy, said author Michael Shnayerson. They were married from 1990 to 2005 and have three daughters.
The allegations dovetail with a pattern of brutal harassment and degrading treatment of women raised in recent weeks that has left Cuomo facing widespread calls to resign and possible impeachment if he doesn’t.
Shnayerson wrote that Kennedy wanted to end the marriage in 2001, when Cuomo’s role as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton was running out.
“Her problems with her husband were strictly personal,” Shnayerson wrote in Vanity Fair. Some of her complaints revolved around not doing things like visiting her daughters’ schools and reading a book on parenting, but there were also harsher accusations.
“Kerry had finished being ridiculed and belittled,” says Shnayerson, who was told by a source close to the couple. “Either Andrew would work on the marriage or not, and the two of them would get divorced.”
Cuomo mounted a failed bid for governor in 2002, but he did not make it past the state convention. Kennedy demanded a divorce as soon as he dropped out of the race.
Shnayerson wrote that for six months, Cuomo refused to leave his home or respond to his attorneys.
On more than one night during that period, Kerry slept in a locked bathroom, according to a source close to the family, who reported cases of physical abuse. ‘I’ve been an activist for human rights and for women who have abusive husbands,’ Kerry told a friend, ‘and here I am enduring this abuse,’ ”Schnayerson recalled.
The bullying behavior continued in multiple ways, such as making it difficult to plan vacations for his daughters, he wrote, citing a source saying: “There are a million ways a single parent can make the other parent’s life miserable, and he played that game. “
Kennedy could not immediately be reached by The Post for comment.
A spokesperson for the governor told Vanity Fair: “The divorce was over 15 years ago and was the subject of tabloid press for weeks with all kinds of false rumors circulating. Time has shown that they are all false. Andrew is a great dad, and his daughters will be the first to say that Kerry and Andrew have been great co-parents, and time has shown that those who spread the rumors were actually the problem. “