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 stated Cuomo by no means touched her. However, she informed the Instances, “I understood that the governor needed 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 stated Cuomo kissed her on the lips and requested her to play strip poker throughout a airplane trip.
Cuomo’s workplace introduced minutes after the story appeared that it was launching an “unbiased assessment” into the matter.
Former federal Choose Barbara Jones will conduct the assessment, based on 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 severely. I assist an unbiased assessment.”
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 stated 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 means that was inappropriate. The very last thing I’d ever have needed was to make her really feel any of the issues which might be being reported.
“This example can’t and shouldn’t be resolved within the press; I imagine the easiest way to get to the reality is thru a full and thorough outdoors assessment and I’m directing all state staff to adjust to that effort. I ask all New Yorkers to await the findings of the assessment in order that they know the info earlier than making any judgments. I’ll haven’t any additional remark till the assessment has concluded.”