Second former aide accuses Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment

by Peter Heck · Feb 28th, 2021 7:37 am

Last Updated Mar 1st, 2021 at 7:17 am

Just days after former aide Lindsey Boylan came forward with details describing how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her, including giving her an unwanted kiss on the lips, a second former aide is making similar accusations.

In a conversation with the New York Times, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett described how the state's top Democrat probed her with inappropriate personal questions, and suggested to her that he was okay with having relationships with women in their 20s.

Bennett said that she was left with the unambiguous belief that Cuomo "wanted to sleep with me."

"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared," Bennett said. "And [I] was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job."

The former aide served as an executive assistant to the governor as well as an adviser on health issues. When news of Bennett's story broke, Boylan tweeted a warning to Cuomo.

Cuomo released his own statement about Bennett's accusations Saturday night, complimenting Bennett as a "hardworking and valued member of our team," and saying that she "has every right to speak out." The governor denied ever intending to act in an inappropriate manner.


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