New York, United States of America:
A second former employee of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment, the governor denied on Saturday.
This time the charges were leveled against 25-year-old former health consultant Charlotte Bennett, who told The New York Times that the governor sexually assaulted her in the spring of 2020.
According to Bennett, the 63-year-old politician said in June that he was open to dating women in his 20s, and asked him if he thought age made the difference in romantic relationships, the Times reported.
While Cuomo never tried to touch her, “I understand that the governor wants to sleep with me, and feel very uncomfortable and afraid,” Bennett told the paper.
She said that she spoke to Cuomo’s chief of staff and legal counsel, who transferred her to another position in another building. Bennett was happy with the new job and decided not to insist on an investigation.
Cuomo became a national star last spring with its straight-talking yet correlated coronovirus briefing, which contrasted sharply with then President Donald Trump’s approach to the epidemic.
But harassment allegations come as he faces a growing storm when he handles coronovirus in nursing homes in his state.
In a statement on Saturday, Cuomo said he “never made any progress toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.”
He said that he wanted to support Bennett, who told him that she had survived a sexual assault.
The governor, whose third term ends in late 2022, called for a “thorough and completely out-of-place review” of these allegations, led by a former federal judge.
“I ask all New Yorkers to wait for the conclusions of the review so that they know the facts before making any decision,” he said.
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.
On Wednesday, another ex-adviser, Lindsey Boylan, said in a blog that she had harassed her when she was working for her administration from 2015 to 2018.
Boylan, 36, alleged that the governor had given an unwanted kiss to her lip, suggesting that he play strip poker with her and went “out of her way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs” . ”
“For those wondering what to work for the Cuomo Admin, read @ LindseyBoylan’s story,” Bennett wrote in a retweet of Boylan’s post.
Cuomo’s office said in a statement that Boylan’s “claims of inappropriate behavior are fairly straightforward.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined a growing chorus of leaders on Thursday, calling for an investigation into Cuomo’s allegations.
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