New York governor accused of sexual harassment by second woman

A first accusation was made this week. The governor in office for 10 years defended himself in a press release, assuring that he had never made any advances.

A second ex-employee of powerful New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo accused him of sexual harassment, charges the governor denied on Saturday. This time it was 25-year-old former health adviser Charlotte Bennett who told the New York Times that the governor sexually harassed her in the spring of 2020.

She said that the 63-year-old governor had made remarks to her, in early June, about the fact that he was open to relationships with women in their twenties, and asking him how she saw, she , such a difference in age. If Andrew Cuomo never tried to touch her, “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and I felt horribly uncomfortable and scared», Charlotte Bennett told Times. She added that she spoke to Cuomo’s chief of staff and legal counsel, who transferred her to another post, to another building. The job suited her, so she decided not to go any further.

In a statement on Saturday evening, the person assured “never making advances to Ms. Bennett, nor having intended to act in any improper manner“. He said he wanted instead to support Ms. Bennett, who had told him that he had been sexually assaulted. The governor, whose third term expires at the end of 2022, asked “a complete examinationOf these charges, led by a former federal judge. “I ask New Yorkers to wait for the results (…) before any judgment,” he added.

This is the second time in a week that the Democratic governor, who has ruled New York State for 10 years, has been accused of sexual harassment: Wednesday, another ex-adviser, Lindsey Boylan, said in a blog, that he harassed her when she worked for his administration, from 2015 to 2018. Now running for president of Manhattan, Lindsey Boylan, 36, claimed that the governor kissed her on the mouth of unsolicited way, suggested that she play with him at “strip poker“And”increased efforts to touch (him) his back, arms, legs».

«For those wondering what it’s like to work for the Cuomo administration, read Lindsey Boylan’s storyCharlotte Bennett then tweeted, without further comment. A spokeswoman for the governor had described as “falseMs. Boylan’s accusations. New York politicians like the anti-sexual assault organization Time’s Up have called for an investigation into these allegations.

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