A second former aide has come ahead with sexual harassment allegations in opposition to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, with the Democrat responding by saying he by no means made advances towards her and by no means meant to be inappropriate.
Charlotte Bennett, a well being coverage adviser in Mr Cuomo’s administration till November, advised The New York Instances that the governor 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 improvement and particular adviser to the governor, not too long ago accused Mr Cuomo of subjecting her to an undesirable kiss and inappropriate feedback. Mr Cuomo denied the allegations.
The governor mentioned in an announcement that Ms Bennett was a “hardworking and valued member of our workforce throughout Covid-19” and that “she has each proper to talk out”.
He mentioned he had meant to be a mentor for the 25-year-old.
“I by no means made advances towards Ms Bennett nor did I ever intend to behave in any means that was inappropriate,” Mr Cuomo’s assertion mentioned.
“The very last thing I’d ever have needed was to make her really feel any of the issues which might be being reported.”
Mr Cuomo, nevertheless, mentioned he had authorised an outdoor overview of Ms Bennett’s allegations.
The governor’s particular counsel, Beth Garvey, mentioned that overview can be performed 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 information earlier than making any judgements,” Mr Cuomo mentioned, including he would don’t have any additional remark till the probe is over.
The pair of harassment allegations symbolize a deepening disaster for Cuomo, who simply months in the past was on the peak of his reputation for his management throughout the peak of the coronavirus pandemic final spring.
In latest weeks, he has been assailed, even by some fellow Democrats, over revelations that his administration had considerably underreported coronavirus deaths in nursing houses.