ALBANY, N.Y. — A second former staffer has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
Charlotte Bennett, who started working for the state final March, told The New York Times that the governor had repeatedly requested her intimate private questions, which felt like “one thing out of a horror film.” They included questions on her romantic life and whether or not Bennett, 25, “had ever been with an older man.”
Bennett mentioned Cuomo by no means touched her. However, she advised the Instances, “I understood that the governor wished to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared. And was questioning how I used to be going to get out of it and assumed it was the tip of my job.”
Earlier this week, one other former Cuomo staffer, Lindsey Boylan, detailed allegations of harassment from Cuomo. Amongst different issues, Boylan mentioned Cuomo kissed her on the lips and requested her to play strip poker throughout a aircraft journey.
Cuomo’s workplace introduced minutes after the story appeared that it was launching an “unbiased overview” into the matter.
Former federal Decide Barbara Jones will conduct the overview, in keeping with Cuomo counsel Beth Garvey.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who’s first in line of succession, issued a press release on Saturday evening, saying: “Everybody deserves to have their voice heard and brought significantly. I help an unbiased overview.”
Cuomo didn’t explicitly deny the precise claims Bennett made.
“When she got here to me and opened up about being a sexual assault survivor and the way it formed her and her ongoing efforts to create a corporation that empowered her voice to assist different survivors, I attempted to be supportive and useful,” Cuomo mentioned in a press release. “Ms. Bennett’s preliminary impression was proper: I used to be making an attempt to be a mentor to her. I by no means made advances towards Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to behave in any manner that was inappropriate. The very last thing I might ever have wished was to make her really feel any of the issues which might be being reported.
“This example can not and shouldn’t be resolved within the press; I consider the easiest way to get to the reality is thru a full and thorough exterior overview and I’m directing all state workers to adjust to that effort. I ask all New Yorkers to await the findings of the overview in order that they know the details earlier than making any judgments. I’ll don’t have any additional remark till the overview has concluded.”