Well before Cuomo became known as an accused serial sex harasser, there was little he apparently considered taboo when it came to talking to his staff — spewing jokes about AIDS, anal sex and even the seamy shenanigans of his then-in-laws the Kennedys, according to “Penis Politics,’’ an upcoming memoir by ex-aide Karen Hinton.
An advanced copy of the book, which is due out Dec. 1, was obtained by The Post.
Hinton — who has previously accused an “aroused’’ Cuomo of inappropriately hugging her in a hotel room — said the ex-gov had no problem joking about AIDS when laughing over the infamous cigar-sex incident between then-President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1998.
She said Clinton had once given the cigar-chomping Cuomo a box of illegal expensive Cuban smokes along with a note that said, ‘’Don’t ask … Don’t tell,’’ a nod to the president’s policy regarding gays in the military.
Hinton — Cuomo’s press secretary when he ran Clinton’s Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1997 — said her boss laughed about it in front of her and other staffers when news of the president’s cigar sex surfaced.
Waving around one of the cigars, Cuomo joked, “ ‘At least you can’t catch AIDS that way,’” she writes, adding that there was “an uncomfortable silence from staffers” after their boss said that.
Hinton said Cuomo openly talked about anal sex in front of underlings, too.
He crudely joked about it after Clinton went on national TV in 1998 to claim he “did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” she writes.
Cuomo was summoned to the White House along with other aides to advise Clinton on the sex scandal, Hinton said.
After the powwow, Cuomo told then-Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, “ ‘I think we can probably defend oral sex,’” the book says.
“ ‘But I have to draw the line’ — here he paused for effect — ‘at Presidential ass f—ing,’ ” Hinton writes, allegedly quoting Cuomo.
She said Cuomo recounted the story to her and other staffers afterward.
Cuomo also opined like a poet about anal sex to what Hinton calls “the boy brigade’’ of male staffers when he was at HUD — while “marveling’’ at two Kennedy brothers allegedly having sex with the same woman, she writes.
A male Cuomo underling told her that their boss was smoking cigars with them on the roof of HUD when he told the Kennedy tale.
“ ‘The two of them,’ marveled Andrew, ‘are f—ing the same woman. She likes to get f—ed in the ass and some days she goes from one Kennedy house to the other to get it twice in one day,’ ” the tome quotes him as saying.
“Andrew leaned back and took a puff of the cigar, contemplative. ‘You know, when you have anal sex with a woman, you own her soul,’ he said.”
Cuomo married Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, in 1990. The couple divorced in 2005.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. adamantly denied the story to The Post on Tuesday.
“That is not true,” he said. “I never heard of such a thing. I don’t know Karen Hinton, and I don’t think Andrew would ever tell a story like that.”
Cuomo’s rep, Rich Azzopardi, added of Hinton’s book in general, “The closer she gets to publication, the more vile and ridiculous her claims get.
“In 2018, when Ms. Hinton was not consumed with chasing headlines to sell a book, she wrote: ‘I’ve been fortunate to have male bosses, like Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, who know how to be respectful of women even while being no-nonsense managers.’
“We will have no further comment on her transparent attempts to profit off of a blatant rewriting of history,” the Cuomo spokesman told The Post.
But Hinton — who also previously worked as a spokeswoman for Cuomo’s nemesis, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — said the former governor’s unseemly behavior extended to her, too.
She recalled working for Cuomo at HUD when he invited her to a meeting on Capitol Hill with Trent Lott, then a top Senate Republican leader.
She said that after the meeting, she went back to the office with Cuomo and he told the “boy brigade,” ‘I thought Lott was going to lean right over and lick Karen’s thigh.’ “
Hinton said she was humiliated.
Lott was unable to be immediately reached by The Post on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Hinton also recounted her previous accusation that Cuomo was inappropriate with her when she was still married to her first husband, who was in the military, and worked for the pol at HUD.
On Election Day in 2000, Cuomo called Hinton to his room that evening to supposedly get updates on what was going on and to chat her up about her newly adopted daughter, she said.
She said the lights had been dimmed — and that Cuomo started asking personal questions about her marriage.
When she got up to leave, he put his hands on her shoulders and said, ” ‘Lets always help each other, yeah?’ ” Hinton writes.
She said he then held her tightly, and, “I could tell that he was aroused.” Hinton said she then fled.
Hinton, who is currently married to former top Cuomo aide Howard Glaser, also recounted a previous claim she made about then-Arkansas Gov. Clinton. She has said Clinton made a pass at her while she was working for Mississippi Rep. Rober Clark’s congressional campaign.
She said she was at a work dinner at Doe’s Eat Place steakhouse in Greenville, Miss., when Clinton walked over to her table and “shifted his focus” to only her.
Clinton then wrote something on a piece of paper. Hinton thought it was an autograph from Clinton, but instead it was his hotel room number and a question mark. She left the table feeling “humiliated,” she writes.
Cuomo resigned as New York’s governor in August after a slew of women accused him of sexual harassment.
A damning probe by the state attorney general’s office backed up the women, saying Cuomo was guilty of engaging in “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments” with current and former New York workers.
Cuomo was criminally charged by the Albany sheriff last month over allegations from one of his accusers, former gubernatorial aide Brittany Commisso, who says he groped her breast. The ex-gov was hit with forcible touching, a rap that carries up to a year behind bars.
But the Albany County district attorney requested — and received — a two month delay in Cuomo’s arraignment, arguing the sheriff’s charge was “defective.”Hinton’s book has already created controversy — although not necessarily over its contents.
Facebook took issue with its title because of its use of the word “penis,’’ banning it from the behemoth social-media site.
Additional reporting by Sam Raskin, Nolan Hicks and Bernadette Hogan