Andrew Cuomo has a ‘preoccupation together with his hand measurement,’ based on one of many girls who has accused him of sexual harassment.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, spoke for 4 hours on Monday to legal professionals investigating claims of sexual harassment.
Seven girls have now accused the New York governor of inappropriate habits, and the state lawyer normal, Letitia James, has opened up an inquiry.
Bennett has employed high-profile civil rights and employment lawyer Debra Katz, and Katz on Monday introduced that Bennett had spoken to the investigators.
Katz mentioned that Bennett shared with investigators ‘detailed data’ in regards to the ‘sexually hostile’ work setting Cuomo allegedly fostered within the Manhattan and Albany workplaces.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, spoke to CBS’s Norah O’Donnell on March 4 to element her allegations
Governor Cuomo (pictured) is dealing with a number of requires him to resign
She mentioned he created ‘rivalries and tensions amongst feminine staffers on whom he bestowed consideration.’
Katz continued: ‘One piece of recent data that got here to gentle at the moment was the Governor’s preoccupation together with his hand measurement and what the massive measurement of his palms indicated to Charlotte and different members of his employees.’
Charlotte Bennett informed investigators of her encounters with Cuomo in Might and June
Cuomo’s workplace has not commented on the allegation, however has insisted that he by no means meant to make anybody really feel uncomfortable.
Bennett, a former coverage adviser to Cuomo, shared greater than 120 pages of contemporaneous data and paperwork with the investigators.
‘The investigators have been shifting rapidly, and with sensitivity, to get to the center of those allegations,’ Katz mentioned in an announcement.
‘We stay assured that their investigation will substantiate Charlotte’s claims of sexual harassment in opposition to Gov. Cuomo, in addition to the failure of his senior employees to fulfill their obligatory reporting necessities underneath the very legal guidelines he signed.’
The investigation into the sexual harassment allegations is being led by attorneys Joon Kim, a former prosecutor with the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York, and Anne Clark, an employment discrimination lawyer.
Cuomo is pictured exterior the Governor’s Mansion in Albany together with his daughter on Friday
The governor draped a blanket round his shoulders and seemed to be in a downcast temper
Bennett informed The New York Occasions in February that she had a number of uncomfortable encounters with Cuomo, together with one incident wherein he requested her questions on her intercourse life throughout a dialog in his state Capitol workplace and mentioned he was open to relationships with girls of their 20s.
Cuomo denied Bennett’s allegations, saying he ‘by no means made advances towards Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to behave in any means that was inappropriate.’
He added: ‘Ladies have a proper to come back ahead and be heard. I didn’t do what has been alleged, interval.’
The New York State Democratic Social gathering expressed confidence within the investigation on Monday, with its chairman, Jay S. Jacobs, saying in an announcement: ‘These allegations are critical and disturbing and deserve a full and thorough investigation. I’ve full confidence within the investigation already begun by’ James’ workplace.
Jacobs additionally urged Democratic officeholders within the state to proceed legislating after a slew of them publicly urged Cuomo to resign in current days.
‘It’s incumbent upon everybody to concentrate on getting the work of presidency achieved,’ he mentioned.
‘Over the following two weeks, the state should full a finances, ramp up its already in depth vaccination program and have a tendency to the various different obligations that require the complete consideration of state authorities.’
A protestor sits exterior the New York State Capitol on Friday, demanding Cuomo resign
A gaggle additionally gathered to protest over the nursing residence COVID scandal (pictured)
Bennett has mentioned the highly effective three-term governor, who was giving day by day televised briefings within the midst of the pandemic and was receiving a rapturous reception, ‘felt like he was untouchable in plenty of methods’ when he ‘propositioned’ her.
He requested probing questions resembling whether or not, as a survivor of rape, she was ‘capable of get pleasure from being intimate’ with males.
Bennett labored as a well being coverage adviser within the New York governor’s administration, employed within the spring of 2019 and swiftly promoted to senior briefer and government assistant only some months later.
Bennett had a pleasant relationship with Cuomo because of their mutual ties to Westchester County, and noticed him as a mentor.
She claimed that, within the spring of 2020, when she moved to Albany, he started quizzing her on her intercourse life and whether or not she dated older males.
She informed Norah O’Donnell that the primary awkward dialog was on Might 15.
She revealed that she had been raped, and Cuomo appeared fascinated by her story.
On June 5, she was requested to take a dictation and on the finish he requested her to show off the tape.
‘He requested if I had hassle having fun with being with somebody, due to my drama,’ she mentioned.
‘The governor requested if I used to be delicate to intimacy.’
Bennett claimed Cuomo, 63, informed her he would think about courting ‘anybody above the age of twenty-two’.
She felt it was clear the he was propositioning her.
‘I assumed he is attempting to sleep with me.
‘The governor’s attempting to sleep with me. And I am deeply uncomfortable and I’ve to get out of this room as quickly as potential.’