One of the women who has accused NY Governor Andrew Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances claims she was told her complaints did not need to be investigated as it was considered ‘grooming’ and not ‘harassment’.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, said in an interview on ‘CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell‘ on Friday night that she had pleaded her claims not be investigated when she brought them to Cuomo’s chief of staff last year.
Bennett, who alleges the governor came on to her not physically but with inappropriate comments in his Albany office this summer, said she was ‘terrified’ but was assured that there was no need for an investigation.
Her attorney has now hit out and said that there was definietly a need for a probe into Cuomo’s actions at that point.
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Charlotte Bennett, 25, gave an interview to CBS News on Friday night (as pictured above) in which she claims she was told her complaints against Gov. Andrew Cuomo amounted to grooming and not harassment and so did not need to be investigated
Bennett’s attorney Debra Katz (pictured above) has now hit out and said that there was definitely a need for a probe into Cuomo’s actions at that point
Charlotte Bennett, 25, worked worked as a health policy adviser in Cuomo’s administration
‘At first they apologized, they said it was inappropriate,’ Bennett said of a June 30 meeting with Cuomo’s Chief of Staff.
Bennett claims she told them: ‘I don’t want this to be investigated, please drop this because I was scared.’
In response, the 25-year-old alleges she was told: ‘You came to us before anything serious happened, it was just grooming and it was not yet considered sexual harassment so for that we do not need to investigate’.
‘What they should have said is we have a legal duty to investigate,’ her attorney Debra Katz argued when also speaking to O’Donnell on Friday.
Later in the interriew, Bennett claims the governor had someone else take his mandatory workplace sexual harassment training for him but that the governor signed off on the training as if he had done it.
‘In 2019, he did not take the sexual harassment training,’ the 25-year-old claims.
‘How do you know that?’ O’Donnell asks.
‘I was there,’ Bennett, who worked for him at the time, answers.
‘I heard Stephanie, say, “I can’t believe I’m doing this for you,” Bennett recalls –referring to office director Stephanie Benton.
‘And then I heard her at the end ask him to sign the certificate,’ Bennett said.
Bennett, pictured at work, told Cuomo’s team about her incidents with him
Later in the interriew, Bennett claims the governor had someone else take his mandatory workplace sexual harassment training for him but that the governor signed off on the training
Her claim contradicts Cuomo, who replied ‘the short answer is yes’ when he was asked Wednesday whether he had taken the mandatory training.
She recently was the second woman to come forward with allegations against Cuomo, after former employee Lindsey Boylan, 36, alleged the governor invited her to play strip poker and once kissed her on the lips.
Bennett, who worked as a health policy adviser, claims Cuomo sexually harassed her in 2020.
She says the governor asked personal questions about her sex life and told her he was open to dating ‘anyone above the age of 22.’
Cuomo has denied ever ‘touching anyone’ inappropriately but apologized for making people ‘uncomfortable’ with his conduct.
The reputation of the governor – who last year won an Emmy for his COVID-19 press briefings – is rapidly unraveling amid both the bombshell claims from the three female accusers and the ongoing COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal.