BREAKING: Gov. Cuomo asks former federal judge to conduct review after second woman comes forward with sexual harassment allegations
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked a former federal judge appointed by Bill Clinton to lead an independent review after a second woman came forward with sexual harassment allegations against him.
Both the governor and his special counsel, Beth Garvey, released statements Saturday evening calling for the review from Barbara Jones and for all staff to fully comply after former aide, Charlotte Bennett, accused Cuomo of harassment while working with him during the pandemic.
‘This situation cannot and should not be resolved in the press,’ Cuomo said in his statement. ‘I believe the best way to get to the truth is through a full and thorough outside review and I am directing all state employees to comply with that effort.
‘I ask all New Yorkers to await findings of the review so that they know the facts before they make any judgements.’
Garvey added: ‘Although in no way required by law, the Governor has requested an independent review and all staff will cooperate in that endeavor. Former Federal Judge Barbara Jones will lead the review.’
A second former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is accusing him of sexual harassment, saying that he asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.
The aide, Charlotte Bennett, who was an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration until she left in November, told The New York Times that the governor had harassed her late last spring, during the height of the state’s fight against the coronavirus.
Ms. Bennett, 25, said the most unsettling episode occurred on June 5, when she was alone with Mr. Cuomo in his State Capitol office. In a series of interviews this week, she said the governor had asked her numerous questions about her personal life, including whether she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships, and had said that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s — comments she interpreted as clear overtures to a sexual relationship.