U.S. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State said his words to colleagues and subordinates may have been “mistakenly” perceived as unwanted flirting. Cuomo said so in a written statement posted on his website Sunday, Feb. 28.
Cuomo also said he sincerely apologized if anyone felt that way and added that he is often in a “playful mood” and may make jokes about other people’s personal lives or relationships. The governor also stated that he now understands that his behavior was tactless and may have violated personal boundaries.
On December 14, Lindsey Boylan, a former advisor to the governor of the U.S. state of New York, accused her former boss Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, she wrote on her Twitter account. At the time, she was running for New York City borough council in Manhattan. Cuomo spokeswoman Caitlin Girouard, for her part, said there was “simply no truth” in Boylan’s words.
However, on February 27, another former adviser to U.S. Governor Andrew Cuomo accused him of sexual harassment.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, a former executive assistant and health policy advisor in the Cuomo administration explained that she felt an obligation to other victims of harassment to come forward about the incident and wanted to prevent the governor from “exercising his power.”
She claimed Cuomo had been molesting her since late spring 2020, with the most “disturbing” moment occurring in June, when Cuomo, 63, asked Bennett if she had “ever been with an older man,” complaining about being lonely and having “no one to hug.” In doing so, Cuomo made no attempt to touch her.
“I realized the governor wanted to sleep with me, and I felt terribly uncomfortable and scared. And wondered how I was going to get out of it, and decided that this was the end of my job,” the girl stated.
She said she told Cuomo’s chief of staff, Jill De Rosier, about the situation and asked for the opportunity to move to another position. She soon became a health policy adviser, but she did not push for an investigation into the incident because she enjoyed her job. No action was taken against the governor. The girl resigned her position last November.
The governor himself did not deny that he asked the girl questions, but noted that he “never flirted with Mrs. Bennett” and did not try to act “inappropriately” toward her. Cuomo also asked for an independent audit and urged the state to wait for the results.
It is worth pointing out that mainstream media such as CNN, MSNBC and ABC prefer to remain silent about the scandal.