New York, United States:
A second ex-employee of highly effective New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment, fees the governor denied on Saturday.
This time the allegations got here from 25-year-old former well being adviser Charlotte Bennett, who informed The New York Occasions that the governor sexually harassed her within the spring of 2020.
In response to Bennett, the 63-year-old politician stated in June that he was open to courting girls of their 20s, and requested her if she thought age made a distinction in romantic relationships, the Occasions reported.
Whereas Cuomo by no means tried to the touch her, “I understood that the governor needed to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett informed the paper.
She added that she spoke to Cuomo’s chief of workers and authorized counsel, who transferred her to a different put up in one other constructing. Bennett was proud of the brand new job and determined to not insist on an investigation.
Cuomo grew to become a nationwide star final spring together with his straight-talking but empathetic coronavirus briefings that contrasted sharply with then-president Donald Trump’s dismissive strategy to the pandemic.
However the harassment allegations come as he faces a rising storm over his dealing with of the coronavirus in nursing houses in his state.
In a press release Saturday, Cuomo stated he “by no means made advances towards Ms Bennett nor did I ever intend to behave in any method that was inappropriate.”
He stated he needed as an alternative to assist Bennett, who had informed him that she was a sexual assault survivor.
The governor, whose third time period expires on the finish of 2022, known as for “a full and thorough exterior evaluation” of those fees, led by a former federal choose.
“I ask all New Yorkers to await the findings of the evaluation in order that they know the information earlier than making any judgments,” he added.
That is the second time in every week that the Democratic governor, who has led New York state for 10 years, has been accused of sexual harassment.
On Wednesday, one other ex-adviser, Lindsey Boylan, stated in a weblog that he 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, recommended that she play strip poker with him and went “out of his strategy to contact me on my decrease again, legs and arms.”
“For these questioning what it is wish to work for the Cuomo admin, learn @LindseyBoylan’s story,” Bennett wrote in a re-tweet of Boylan’s put up.
Cuomo’s workplace stated in a press release that Boylan’s “claims of inappropriate habits are fairly merely false.”
New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio on Thursday joined a rising refrain of politicians calling for an investigation into the allegations made in opposition to Cuomo.
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