An anti-sexual-harassment group made up of former state legislative staffers known as on Gov. Cuomo to resign Saturday within the wake of sexual harassment allegations in opposition to him.
“ENOUGH. New York State has now misplaced the abilities and ambition of yet one more lady, whose security and integrity have been eradicated to serve a strong man’s needs. Andrew Cuomo should resign now,” the Sexual Harassment Working Group stated in an announcement, after ex-Cuomo aide, Charlotte Bennett, accused the governor of behaving inappropriately towards her final yr.
Bennett, 25, informed The New York Occasions that Cuomo, 63, complained to her about being “lonely” and never with the ability to hug anybody through the pandemic, earlier than urgent her on who she final hugged.
When she revealed her personal historical past of sexual assault to Cuomo, Bennett claimed his response “was one thing out of a horror film,” the paper reported.
Cuomo allegedly stored repeating to Bennett, “‘You have been raped and abused and attacked and assaulted and betrayed,’ again and again whereas wanting me straight within the eyes … It was like he was testing me,” she informed a good friend in a textual content message which was considered by The Occasions.
Charlotte Bennett was an government assistant and well being coverage adviser within the Cuomo administration. Twitter
Earlier this week, the Sexual Harassment Working Group had known as for in investigation of the governor after one other former staffer, Lindsey Boylan, accused him of making an attempt to kiss her on the mouth and suggesting a recreation of “strip poker.”
“There have to be a right away unbiased investigation into Governor Cuomo’s office habits, performed by an entity over which Cuomo doesn’t have any appointment or supervisory powers,” the group tweeted hours after Boylan got here ahead.
Within the Saturday assertion, the group — which was shaped by seven former Albany staffers who stated they have been harassed by ex-Meeting Members Vito Lopez and Micah Kellner, amongst others — provided phrases of encouragement to Bennett.
“To Charlotte: we ship you our energy, assist, and shared rage for the abuse you endured,” the group wrote. “You might have finished an extremely onerous factor, turning into one other vital hyperlink in a strong chain to making a harassment free Albany. This isn’t one thing anybody asks for, however we’re happy with you.”