NEW YORK: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by his second ex-employee. The allegations came from 25-year-old former health adviser Charlotte Bennett, who reported to The New York Times that the governor sexually harassed her in the spring of 2020.
The 63-year-old politician, Cuomo gets accused of sexual harassment by 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett.
Bennett reported that the 63-year-old politician said in June that he was open to dating women in their 20s and that he had asked her if she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships. While Cuomo never tried to touch her, “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett told the paper.
Cuomo’s chief of staff and legal counsel transferred Bennett to another post in another building. Bennett was pleased with the new job and decided not to insist on an investigation.
Meanwhile, Cuomo had become people’s favourite last spring when he delivered his straight-talking yet empathetic coronavirus briefings that contrasted sharply with then-president Donald Trump’s dismissive approach to the pandemic. But the harassment allegations come as he faces a growing storm over his handling of the coronavirus in nursing homes in his state.
Against this allegation, Cuomo defended himself, saying that he never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did he ever intend to act in any inappropriate way. He reported that moreover, he wanted to uplift Bennett, who had told him that she was a sexual assault survivor.
The governor summoned for “a full and thorough outside review” of these charges, led by a former federal judge. He urged all New Yorkers to await the findings of the review so that they know the facts before making any judgments.
On Wednesday, another ex-adviser, Lindsey Boylan, said in a blog that the Governor had harassed her when she was working for his administration, from 2015 to 2018. Boylan, 36, alleged that the governor had given her an unsolicited kiss on the lips, suggested that she play strip poker with him, and had "touched her inappropriately".
Cuomo’s office argued that Boylan’s “claims of inappropriate behaviour are quite simply false.” This is the second time in a week that the Democratic governor, who has led New York state for 10 years, has been accused of sexual harassment.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday joined the calling for an investigation into the allegations made against Cuomo.