A second former aide has come ahead with sexual harassment allegations in opposition to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who responded with a press release Saturday saying he by no means made advances towards her and by no means supposed to be inappropriate.
Charlotte Bennett, a well being coverage adviser within the Democratic governor’s administration till November, instructed The New York Instances that Cuomo requested her inappropriate questions on her intercourse life, together with whether or not she had ever had intercourse with older males.
One other former aide, Lindsey Boylan, a former deputy secretary for financial growth and particular adviser to the governor,of subjecting her to an undesirable kiss and inappropriate feedback. Cuomo denied the allegations.
Cuomo stated in a press release Saturday that Bennett was a “hardworking and valued member of our group throughout COVID” and that “she has each proper to talk out.”
He stated he had supposed to be a mentor for Bennett, who’s 25.
“I by no means made advances towards Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to behave in any method that was inappropriate,” Cuomo’s assertion stated. “The very last thing I might ever have wished was to make her really feel any of the issues which might be being reported.”
Cuomo, nonetheless, stated he had approved an outdoor overview of Bennett’s allegations.
The governor’s particular counsel, Beth Garvey, stated that overview could be carried out by a former federal choose, Barbara Jones.
“I ask all New Yorkers to await the findings of the overview in order that they know the details earlier than making any judgements,” Cuomo stated. “I’ll don’t have any additional remark till the overview has concluded.”
Bennett instructed the Instances that her most annoying interplay with Cuomo occurred final June 5 when she was alone with him in his Albany workplace. She stated Cuomo began asking her about her private life, her ideas on romantic relationships, together with whether or not age was an element, and stated he was open to relationships with girls of their 20s.
Bennett stated she additionally dodged a query from Cuomo about hugging by saying she missed hugging her mother and father. She stated Cuomo by no means touched her.
“I understood that the governor wished to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett instructed the Instances. “And was questioning how I used to be going to get out of it and assumed it was the tip of my job.”
Bennett stated she knowledgeable Cuomo’s chief of workers, Jill DesRosiers, in regards to the interplay lower than per week later. She stated she was transferred to a different job on the other facet of the Capitol. On the finish of June, she stated she additionally gave a press release to a particular counsel for Cuomo.
Garvey acknowledged that the criticism had been made and that Bennett had been transferred because of this to a place through which she had already been .
Bennett instructed the newspaper she ultimately determined to not push for any additional motion by the administration. She stated she favored her new job and “wished to maneuver on.”
The allegations didn’t lead to any motion taken in opposition to Cuomo on the time.
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