SECOND WOMAN ACCUSES GOV. ANDREW CUOMO OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

There are now two women who are accusing Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. The second woman’s name is Charlotte Bennett, 25, who previously worked under Cuomo as an executive assistant and health policy advisor, leaving her post in November.

Bennett noted that the harassment had apparently started in the spring of 2020, according to the New York Times.

Bennett shared that Cuomo, 63, had asked her questions relating to her sex life, such as if she was in a monogamous relationship, and whether she had ever had relations with an older man. Bennett has come out with these claims after Cuomo’s ex-aide Lindsey Boylan also charged him with harassing her sexually.

Bennett shared a tweet on Wednesday which read: “For those wondering what it’s like to work for the Cuomo admin, read @LindseyBoylan’s story.”

The Times contacted Bennett following the tweet—with Bennett expressing her desire to fight back against Cuomo and how he “wields his power.”

Boylan wrote an article on Medium, going into detail about Cuomo’s odd behavior. She begins with an anecdote describing her experience with Cuomo while on a taxpayer-funded jet in which he proposed that they play “strip poker.”

“That’s exactly what I was thinking,” Boylan noted in her post, suggesting that his comment was made “sarcastically and awkwardly,” and that she tried to shrug it off.

She goes on to say that “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected. His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences.”

Bennett began working for Cuomo in early 2019 as a briefer in the Manhattan office. She previously graduated from Hamilton College in 2017, where she spearheaded a sexual misconduct task force.

It was not long before Bennett climbed her way up to the senior briefer and executive assistant for Cuomo after he interviewed her. It was there that she shared their connection with Westchester County and that she played against Cuomo’s daughter in middle school.

Though Cuomo came off a bit creepy—asking Bennett about her dating life—Bennett claimed that she viewed Cuomo as “more as a father figure. I wasn’t thinking about it as anything sexual.”

It was in May of 2020 that Cuomo prompted Bennett about her sex life at the Capitol around 7 a.m. He allegedly asked her about her love life and whether she had had a relationship with any other members of the governor’s staff.

The Times reported:

Ms. Bennett said she had mentioned a speech she was scheduled to give to Hamilton students about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault. She said she had been taken aback by Mr. Cuomo’s seeming fixation on that element of her life experience. “The way he was repeating, ‘You were raped and abused and attacked and assaulted and betrayed,’ over and over again while looking me directly in the eyes was something out of a horror movie,” she wrote in a second text to her friend. “It was like he was testing me.”

Bennett shared with the Times that “anything before it I now see differently. I now understand that as grooming.”

Bennett suggested that on June 5, Cuomo asked her whether she had a love interest, whether she was monogamous, and whether she had had sex with any older men in her life.

The Times assessed Bennett’s text message she sent to a friend, explaining how distraught she was about the whole situation. She wrote: “Something just happened and I can’t even type it out or put it in a video,” adding that she and Cuomo had discussed “age differences in relationships.” She wrote the next day to her friend, saying Cuomo had queried her about whether she was having sex with others “while in my recent relationships,” according to the Daily Wire.

“He asked me if I believed if age made a difference in relationships and he also asked me in the same conversation if I had ever been with an older man,” Bennett said, adding that Cuomo told her “he’s fine with anyone above the age of 22.”

A friend of Ms. Bennett’s, a former Cuomo administration official, said he had spoken to her shortly after the June 5 episode. He confirmed the contours of her account, saying that she had made it clear to him that she believed the governor wanted to have sex with her,” The Times reported.

Bennett went on to say that her and Cuomo had discussed the potential of her getting a tattoo, with Cuomo suggesting that she get one on her buttocks so as to be covered by a dress.

“Mr. Cuomo said in a statement to The Times on Saturday that he believed he had been acting as a mentor and had ‘never made advances toward Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.’ He said he had requested an independent review of the matter and asked that New Yorkers await the findings ‘before making any judgments,’” the Times reported.

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