One of many former staffers who has accused New York Gov Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment believes that he groomed her whereas she was working for him.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, has claimed that Cuomo sexually harassed her final June whereas she was working as a well being coverage adviser in his administration.
She is about to open up concerning the allegations in her first TV interview with Norah O’Donnell on CBS Evening News tonight.
Bennett will talk about how she believes Cuomo groomed her and reveal the ‘stunning questions’ her requested her about her intercourse life, in line with O’Donnell.
‘She talks about how she believes Governor Cuomo groomed her. She talks concerning the tradition within the Cuomo administration,’ O’Donnell stated as she promoted her interview.
‘There are particulars that we have now simply not heard to this point on this very highly effective interview.’
Charlotte Bennett, 25, has claimed that Cuomo sexually harassed her final yr whereas she was working as a well being coverage adviser in his administration final yr
She is about to open up concerning the allegations in her first TV interview with Norah O’Donnell on CBS Night Information tonight
Cuomo has denied making advances on Bennett and says he by no means supposed to be inappropriate.
Bennett has already publicly claimed that Cuomo requested her inappropriate questions on her intercourse life, together with whether or not she ever had intercourse with older males, in his Albany workplace final June.
She stated Cuomo began asking her about her private life, her ideas on romantic relationships, together with whether or not age was an element, and stated he was open to relationship ladies over the age of twenty-two.
She stated Cuomo by no means touched her.
‘I understood that the governor wished to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,’ Bennett informed the New York Instances when she first made the allegations public. ‘And was questioning how I used to be going to get out of it and assumed it was the top of my job.’
Bennett stated Cuomo additionally informed her he wished a girlfriend, ‘ideally within the Albany space,’ and he was lonely since breaking apart with Sandra Lee, a chef and TV persona.
She additionally stated she tried to alter the topic when Cuomo’s feedback have been making her uncomfortable, telling him she was pondering of getting a tattoo.
Bennett stated Cuomo responded by suggesting she put the tattoo on her buttocks.
Bennett stated she knowledgeable Cuomo’s chief of employees, Jill DesRosiers, concerning the interplay lower than every week later. She stated she was transferred to a different job on the other aspect of the Capitol. On the finish of June she additionally gave an announcement to a particular counsel for Cuomo.
Former aide Lindsey Boylan (left) has accused Cuomo of harassing her, claiming he as soon as prompt a sport of strip poker aboard his state-owned jet. Anna Ruch (proper) alleges that Cuomo put his arms on her face and requested if he may kiss her simply moments after they met at a September 2019 wedding ceremony in Manhattan
Anna Ruch informed The New York Instances that Cuomo put his arms on her face and requested if he may kiss her simply moments after they met at a September 2019 wedding ceremony in Manhattan
Ex and present Cuomo staffers say they’re ‘waking as much as the very fact they have been in a cult’ – as one says she was informed to put on stilettos and put at a desk in his line of sight as a result of ‘he likes blondes’
Almost a dozen former and present staffers have detailed to Gothamist/WNYC the working tradition inside Gov Cuomo’s workplace after he was accused of sexual harassment.
A few of the staffers say they weren’t shocked by the allegations given what they declare is a bullying setting and intense work tradition inside Cuomo’s workplace.
Former staffers have described working there as having ‘Stockholm syndrome’, whereas others stated they’re ‘sort of waking as much as the truth that we have been in a cult’.
Some stated Cuomo was a ‘micromanager to the one centesimal diploma’ and had a tricky administration type.
One staffer who had a fellowship when she was in her 20s in 2013 described how she was rapidly arrange close to Cuomo’s workplace, with staffers later telling her the governor like blondes.
She was additionally informed to put on stilettos when within the Albany workplace.
Some staffers, nevertheless, refuted the poisonous office notions.
“I believe everybody there desires to do the perfect work they will. Typically that work-life steadiness is sacrificed. I used to be undoubtedly burned out by the top of my time there. I didn’t take it personally,” the staffer stated.
Cuomo’s particular counsel, Beth Garvey, has acknowledged that the grievance had been made and that Bennett was transferred in consequence to a place by which she had already been .
Garvey stated in an announcement that Bennett’s allegations ‘didn’t embrace a declare of bodily contact or inappropriate sexual conduct’ and Bennett ‘was consulted relating to the decision, and expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the way in which by which it was dealt with.’
‘The willpower reached based mostly on the data Ms Bennett offered was that no additional motion was required which was in step with Ms Bennett’s needs,’ Garvey stated.
Bennett stated she determined to not push for any additional motion by the administration. She stated she preferred her new job and ‘wished to maneuver on.’
Bennett is one in every of three ladies to accuse Cuomo of harassment.
Former aide Lindsey Boylan has accused Cuomo of harassing her, claiming he commented on her look inappropriately, kissed her with out her consent and went out of his technique to contact her on her decrease again, legs and arms.
She alleges that he as soon as prompt a sport of strip poker aboard his state-owned jet.
Anna Ruch informed The New York Instances that Cuomo put his arms on her face and requested if he may kiss her simply moments after they met at a September 2019 wedding ceremony in Manhattan.
Cuomo on Wednesday rejected requires his resignation within the face of the harassment allegations.
He apologized and stated that he had ‘realized an vital lesson’ about his conduct round ladies.
‘I now perceive that I acted in a means that made individuals really feel uncomfortable,’ Cuomo stated. ‘It was unintentional and I actually and deeply apologize for it.’
Requested about requires him to step apart, the third-term governor stated: ‘I wasn´t elected by politicians, I used to be elected by the individuals of the state of New York. I´m not going to resign.’
Cuomo acknowledged ‘sensitivities have modified and conduct has modified’ and that what he considers his ‘customary greeting’ – an old-world method that always entails kisses and hugs – will not be acceptable.
He stated he’ll ‘totally cooperate’ with an investigation into the allegations overseen by the state’s independently elected lawyer common. Legal professional Normal Letitia James, additionally a Democrat, is choosing an out of doors legislation agency to conduct the probe and doc its findings in a public report.
Bennett’s lawyer, Debra Katz, stated the governor’s information convention ‘was stuffed with falsehoods and inaccurate info.’
She stated Cuomo’s declare that he was unaware he had made ladies uncomfortable was disingenuous, contemplating that Bennett had reported his conduct to her boss and one in every of Cuomo’s attorneys.
‘We’re assured that they made him conscious of her grievance and we totally count on that the Legal professional Normal´s investigation will exhibit that Cuomo administration officers didn’t act on Ms Bennett´s critical allegations or to make sure that corrective measures have been taken, in violation of their authorized necessities,’ Katz stated.