New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by a second former employee. The strong Democratic governor refuted them Saturday. It’s the second Time in a week he’s been accused.
This time it’s an allegation by Cuomo’s 25-year-old former health consultant, Charlotte Bennett. She told the New York Times that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed her in the spring of 2020.
Bennett said the 63-year-old governor talked to her early last June about how open he was to having sex with women in their 20s and asked her what she thought of such an age difference.
Bennett told the Times that while Mr. Cuomo never tried to touch her, “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and it made me feel very uncomfortable and scared.
She added that after speaking with Cuomo’s chief of staff (female) and one of Cuomo’s legal advisers about the matter, she was transferred by Cuomo to another position in another building. Since the position suited her, she decided not to pursue it further.
At a press conference Saturday night, New York Governor Cuomo assured that he “never made any offer to Ms. Bennett and never intended to act in any inappropriate manner. Instead, he said, Bennett had confided in him that she had been sexually assaulted. He wanted to support Bennett.
Cuomo’s third term as New York governor will end at the end of 2022. He has asked for a “full review” of the allegations by a former federal judge. He added, “I ask New Yorkers to wait for the results of the review before making any judgments …. “.
Another former adviser alleges
It is the second time in a week that the Democratic governor, who has governed New York state for 10 years, has been accused of sexual harassment. In a blog post Wednesday, another of his former advisers, Lindsey Boylan, said Cuomo harassed her when she worked for New York state government from 2015 to 2018.
Lindsey Boylan, 36, who is running for Manhattan borough president, said the governor kissed her on the mouth in an unsolicited manner, suggested she play strip poker with him and made repeated “efforts to touch her back, arms and legs.”
The second accuser, Charlotte Bennett, previously tweeted, “Anyone who wants to know what it was like to work for Gov. Cuomo, please read Lindsay Boylan’s story. But she had no further comment at the time.
A spokeswoman for New York Governor Cuomo had described Ms. Boylan’s accusations of sexual assault by Governor Cuomo as “false. And representatives of New York voters and activists from the anti-sexual assault group Time Action have called for an investigation into the allegations.