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Masked Man Reportedly Tried To Break Into Home Of Andrew Cuomo's Ex Sandra Lee, 2 Days After Major Theft At Her Storage Unit

The burglary attempt came shortly before major media attention shifted to Sandra Lee's former longtime boyfriend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over sexual harassment allegations.

By Daniel Egitto
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A masked man reportedly attempted to break into the Malibu home of Sandra Lee, the ex-Food Network star and former girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, two days after Lee announced a major theft at a storage unit she was renting.

Lee was out of the house the night of Feb. 11 when surveillance footage captured a man wearing a mask attempting to open her door’s lockbox, according to an incident report obtained by PEOPLE. Lee told police she did not recognize the man, who ultimately failed in his apparent efforts to break in.

The would-be home invader has not been arrested, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a “full investigation,” a source told PEOPLE.

Just two days before the incident, Lee announced in an emotional Instagram post that numerous “handmade and irreplaceable” items had been stolen from a storage unit she'd been renting. These included an outfit that pop superstar Cher had worn on the Sonny & Cher Show, designed by fashion designer Bob Mackie. Other outfits included the entire costume collection from a Lincoln Center production of Cinderella, along with an outfit Lee once wore on an Emmy-winning holiday special.

Both incidents came shortly before major media attention shifted to Lee’s former longtime boyfriend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over two former aides’ sexual harassment allegations.

The women accused Cuomo of making inappropriate advances, suggestive comments and fostering a hostile work environment, according to the New York Times. One former aide, Lindsey Boylan, said Cuomo subjected her to unwanted physical contact, including an unsolicited kiss on the lips. Many of the alleged incidents reportedly occurred prior to Cuomo and Lee’s breakup in September 2019.

Cuomo has denied the allegations, but said he believes they’re claims “that New Yorkers deserve answers to,” according to a Feb. 28 statement. He has ordered an “independent review” of the alleged incidents.

“I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that,” Cuomo said.

Lee declined a request for comment about the claims against Cuomo, according to the New York Post.

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