June 20, 2021

2nd ex-staffer accuses Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, triggering resignation call

Charlotte Bennett, who left the New York governor’s administration in November, says Cuomo made it clear he wanted to sleep with her

Another former aide has come forward and accused Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.

Charlotte Bennett is the second woman in less than a week to detail workplace interactions with Cuomo that she considered inappropriate, prompting an anti-sexual harassment group to call for the three-term governor’s resignation.

A former health policy advisor and executive assistant to Cuomo, Bennett told the New York Times that the governor had made comments and asked questions that were inappropriate and made her uncomfortable. She spoke about a particular encounter alone in his office at the State Capitol last June.

Bennett left the administration in November.

Charlotte Bennett (via LinkedIn
Charlotte Bennett (via LinkedIn

In the wake of the allegations, the Sexual Harassment Working Group, made up of seven former state legislative staffers, are urging Cuomo to step down as Governor, according to the New York Post.

“ENOUGH,” said a statement from the group. “New York State has now lost the talents and ambition of yet another woman, whose safety and integrity were eliminated to serve a powerful man’s desires. Andrew Cuomo must resign now.”

Bennett stated that Cuomo had asked her questions about her sex life and whether or not she’d be open to dating someone with a significant age difference. He also explained that he would be OK with dating someone in their 20s.

Bennett is 25 and Cuomo is 63.

In addition, Bennett said that day Cuomo also complained about not being able to hug people because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Times reports. She stated Cuomo then asked her, “Who did I last hug?” While trying to lighten the unsettling subject by saying she missed hugging her parents, Cuomo then said, “No, I mean like really hugged somebody?”

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