A second former aide to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York has come forward to accuse him of sexual assault.
Cuomo’s executive assistant and health policy advisor, Charlotte Bennett, told The New York Times on Saturday that the governor inquired about her sex life, asked if she practiced monogamy, and wondered if she considered having a romantic relationship with older man.
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In November 2020, she stepped down as governor.
Bennett, 25, told the New York Times that the most disturbing incident happened when she and the governor were alone in his Albany State Capitol office on June 5, 2020. Cuomo, who is 63 years old, has also confirmed that he is comfortable with maintaining relationships with much younger women, according to her.
Cuomo told the New York Times that his relationship with Bennett was one of mentorship, and that he had “never made advances against Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever wish to behave in any way that was improper.” Cuomo told the paper that he is awaiting the findings of an independent inquiry into the claims, and urged New York residents to wait “before passing any judgments.”
Bennett told the New York Times that Cuomo did not touch her, but his motives were obviously sexual.
She told the New York Times, “I knew the governor wanted to sleep with me and felt terribly awkward and frightened.” “So I was thinking how I was going to get out of it and assuming my career was over.”
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Cuomo has also been accused of sexual assault, including forced kissing, by former aide Lindsey Boylan. In a December tweet thread, she accused Cuomo of inappropriate conduct. In a Medium post published on Wednesday, she outlined her accusations.
— Charlotte Bennett (@_char_bennett_) February 24, 2021
Cuomo has dismissed Boylan’s claims.
Cuomo has come under fire after it was revealed in a study that he withheld the number of patients who died of coronavirus in nursing homes in order to avoid being discovered by the federal government. During a “shouting match” phone call, Democratic New York Assemblyman Ron Kim says the governor berated him and showed “abusive conduct.”
Kim has reported that the New York State Assembly is “getting closer” to impeachment and that he is willing to comply with any federal inquiry into Cuomo’s mismanagement of nursing homes.