Cuomo's Political Career Faces Destruction: 2nd Woman Claims He Sexually Harassed Her
Accuser Charlotte Bennett alleges sexual harassment
Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's political career is on the ropes as a second woman has accused him of sexual harassment.
25-year-old Charlotte Bennett, who worked as an executive assistant and health policy adviser for Cuomo before leaving in November.
Bennett alleged the sexual harassment began in the spring of 2020, the New York Times reported.
Bennett claimed Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life, whether she ever had sex with older men and if her relationships were monogamous.
Bennett reacted to recent claims made by Cuomo's ex-aide Lindsey Boylan by tweeting:
“For those wondering what it’s like to work for the Cuomo admin, read @LindseyBoylan’s story.”
Bennett said she wanted to fight back against how Cuomo “wields his power.”
Bennett began work with the Cuomo administration in 2019 as a briefer in the Manhattan office.
She graduated from Hamilton College in 2017, where she founded a sexual misconduct task force.
Bennett was promoted to senior briefer and executive assistant after Cuomo interviewed her.
Bennett said Cuomo frequently asked her about her dating life but added, “I saw him more as a father figure. I wasn’t thinking about it as anything sexual.”
On May 15, 2020, Bennet said she arrived early in the morning at the Capitol around 7 a.m. to drop off some briefing papers when Cuomo reputedly queried her about her love life and whether she had a relationship with other members of the governor’s staff.
The meeting was supported by texts Bennett sent to another Cuomo 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 said of the meeting:
“Anything before it I now see differently. I now understand that as grooming.”
The Times examined texts that Bennett sent that same day to a friend delineating how upset she was from the meeting.
“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 told her friend the next day that Cuomo had queried her about whether she was having sex with others “while in my recent relationships.”
“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 told the Times.
“He’s fine with anyone above the age of 22,” after the subject of her speech at Hamilton on her 25th birthday came up.
“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 even said she and Cuomo had discussed a tattoo she might be getting, and he suggested she put it on her buttocks so a dress would cover it.
“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.