New York Governor Cuomo is not only currently facing a public relations nightmare regarding the nursing home scandal, but now a second former aide is accusing him of sexual harassment.
The New York Times reported on the development on Saturday night:
A second former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is accusing him of sexual harassment, saying that he asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.
The aide, Charlotte Bennett, who was an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration until she left in November, told The New York Times that the governor had harassed her late last spring, during the height of the state’s fight against the coronavirus.
According to the Times, this is Bennett’s most serious accusation:
Ms. Bennett, 25, said the most unsettling episode occurred on June 5, when she was alone with Mr. Cuomo in his State Capitol office. In a series of interviews this week, she said the governor had asked her numerous questions about her personal life, including whether she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships, and had said that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s — comments she interpreted as clear overtures to a sexual relationship.
New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi is calling for an investigation.
#BREAKING: Tonight I issued a statement regarding assertions of sexual harassment against Governor Cuomo.
As a New Yorker, a legislator, Chair of the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, and a survivor of sexual abuse, I am calling for Governor Cuomo to resign. pic.twitter.com/2aKiN8CIkR
— Alessandra Biaggi (@SenatorBiaggi) February 28, 2021
Even New York Dem. Rep. Jerry Nadler is calling for an investigation:
Rep. Jerry Nadler calls for investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. pic.twitter.com/2plRBU0bVD
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) February 28, 2021
And according to Cuomo’s own logic about Justice Brett Kavanaugh, there should be an investigation because “we owe it to the American people to believe survivors.”
That tweet did not age well, kind of like many elderly people under his watch.
According to Cuomo’s own statement, Bennett is a “survivor” of sexual assault.
The New York Post provided the statement: “Ms. Bennett was a hardworking and valued member of our team during COVID. She has every right to speak out.”
“When she came to me and opened up about being a sexual assault survivor and how it shaped her and her ongoing efforts to create an organization that empowered her voice to help other survivors, I tried to be supportive and helpful,” the statement continued. “Ms. Bennett’s initial impression was right: I was trying to be a mentor to her. I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate. The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported.”
This is the second recent accusation against Governor Cuomo, although most Americans wouldn’t know it from the lack of mainstream media coverage.
Ms. Bennett highlighted the story of another Cuomo sexual harassment accuser on Wednesday.
— Charlotte Bennett (@_char_bennett_) February 24, 2021
On Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, revealed her story about alleged sexual harassment, including a reported invitation to play “strip poker.”
Fox News reported in an exclusive that “Tara Reade, the author and former Senate staffer who came forward during the 2020 campaign with a sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden, is speaking out in support of Lindsey Boylan after she went public with sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
Reade told Fox News that Boylan was “very supportive” when Reade accused Biden of sexual assault and the “two had been in touch ever since.”
The news has been virtually blacked out of mainstream media coverage, as noted by journalist Megyn Kelly:
Wow. “None of the major news networks covered Boylan's sexual harassment claims [against Gov Cuomo] the day she went public with them.” Tara Reade knows the feeling. https://t.co/teLHwOoTi5
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 26, 2021
The disparity in coverage is a marked contrast with the sexual harassment allegations made under the Trump administration, such as those leveled by Stormy Daniels against the former president.
According to Cuomo’s own logic, “we owe it to the American people” to believe all survivors. He can show that he meant this by resigning immediately.
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