A second previous helper to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is blaming him for lewd behavior, as indicated by the New York Times.
The previous associate, Charlotte Bennett, affirms that Cuomo posed her inquiries about her sexual coexistence, regardless of whether she had monogamous connections and in the event that she at any point had intercourse with more established men, as per the Times. Bennett told the paper that the supposed episodes happened late the previous spring, during the stature of the state’s battle against the Covid.
Bennett was beforehand a chief collaborator and wellbeing strategy counsel in the Democratic lead representative’s organization until she left in November, as indicated by the Times. Bennett described one specific scene to the Times that purportedly happened on June 5, wherein she was separated from everyone else with Cuomo in his office in Albany. The 25-year-old, as indicated by the Times, said the Democratic lead representative had posed her a progression of individual inquiries, including expressing that he was available to associations with ladies in their 20s, which Bennett deciphered as clear suggestions to a sexual relationship.
CNN has connected with Bennett for input on the most recent allegation.
In an articulation on Saturday, Cuomo denied the claims saying he accepted he had been going about as a tutor and had “never made advances toward Ms. Bennett, nor did I at any point expect to act in any capacity that was unseemly.”
Cuomo said he had mentioned an “outside audit” of the matter and asked that New Yorkers anticipate the discoveries “prior to making any decisions.”
“I will have no further remark until the audit has finished up,” Cuomo said.
The Times report of a subsequent associate comes after Cuomo denied claims from another previous helper who blamed him for inappropriate behavior, including an undesirable kiss, in a Medium post on Wednesday. Lindsey Boylan claimed that in 2018, the Democratic lead representative kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one preparation in his New York City office.
Cuomo likewise solidly denied the charges in a question and answer session in December when Boylan initially made them. CNN has not had the option to prove the claims, and when requested further remark, Boylan answered that she was allowing her Medium post to represent itself with no issue.
The Medium post, in any case, has set off another arrangement of terrible features for the Cuomo organization.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, delivered an articulation on Wednesday calling the allegation by Boylan “upsetting.”
“This is profoundly upsetting. Unmistakably there is a bad situation for this kind of conduct in the work environment or elsewhere,” Stewart-Cousins composed.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, when gotten some information about the inappropriate behavior claims by Boylan, said that each individual who approaches with charges has the right to have “their voice heard.”
“The President has been predictable in his position. At the point when an individual approaches – they have the right to be treated with pride and regard. Their voice ought to be heard, not hushed. Also, any claim ought to be explored,” Psaki said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio required a “full and autonomous examination” into the claims by Boylan. Cuomo and de Blasio have a years-in length history of enmity, for the most part, focused on who has the position to do what in New York City, including genuine points like control over the metros and subsidizing for key projects.
“See, these charges are truly upsetting, let’s get straight to the point about that, they’re truly upsetting,” he said, adding, “We had the opportunity to pay attention to this.”
“At the point when a lady approaches with this sort of a quite certain charge, they must be paid attention to,” de Blasio said.
Cuomo, who had appreciated out of this world notoriety and public acknowledgment for his treatment of the Covid pandemic the previous spring, is currently confronting developing analysis from administrators on the two sides of the passageway in his state in regards to his organization’s treatment of nursing home demise information. CNN has detailed he has been begging legislators for help and has even been blamed for compromising political revenge against Democrats who have scrutinized him in a forceful exertion to contain political aftermath from the disclosures.
CNN has likewise announced that the US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, alongside the FBI, is investigating the treatment of a portion of the information encompassing Covid-19 passings in long-haul care offices in New York. The request was depicted as a starter, and it was not satisfactory whether specialists are taking a gander at the lead representative himself or individuals from his organization.
Boylan is as of now running for Manhattan district president. She fruitlessly tested Rep. Jerry Nadler in a Democratic essential in 2020.
CNN’s Brynn Gingras and Laura Ly added to this report.