New York Governor Cuomo faces fresh claims of sexual harassment

New York Governor Cuomo faces fresh claims of sexual harassment
Andrew Cuomo became one of America's most influential Democrats at the start of the pandemic. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: A second former aide of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against him.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, a health policy adviser to Governor Cuomo until November, told The New York Times that he had harassed her last year.

The New York Governor has denied any inappropriate behaviour and ordered an independent inquiry into the allegations.

Lindsey Boylan, another former aide of Mr Cuomo, has previously accused the governor of sexually harassing her.

The 63-yer-old governor, who has been governor for more than a decade, has found himself under pressure on several fronts, including sexual harassment, in recent weeks.

He is under scrutiny from the Democratic Party – of which he is a member – for allegedly hiding the true number of Covid-related deaths in New York care homes.

Andrew Cuomo has also faced allegations of bullying, including from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Ms Bennett told the New York Times that Mr Cuomo had asked her numerous questions about her personal life including whether she believed that age made a difference in romantic relationships.

She said the governor had also suggested that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s. The health policy adviser to Mr Cuomo said she believed the comments were clear overtures to a sexual relationship.

She said in the interview that in June last year Mr Cuomo had talked about feeling lonely during the coronavirus pandemic and had asked her whom she had last hugged.

Bennett said she dodged the question by saying she missed hugging her parents, but she believed the conversation had been another overture.

She said: “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared and was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job.”

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