New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces new resignation calls from a group of former New York state legislative employees after a second former aide publicly accused him of sexual harassment.
“Andrew Cuomo must resign now. The Governor and his administration appears to have failed to follow their own sexual harassment policy,” the Sexual Harassment Working Group said in a statement after Cuomo’s former executive assistant Charlotte Bennett accused him of sexual harassment.
Bennett, aged 25, told the New York Times that Cuomo, aged 63, had asked her numerous times about her sex life, including if she had sex with an older man and if she was monogamous in her relationships. She also said that he said he was open to relationship with women in their 20s.
Bennett also said that Cuomo called her during the pandemic to complain that he felt lonely and that he “can’t even hug anyone,” then asked her who she last hugged.
“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett told the New York Times.
Last Feb. 28 Cuomo acknowledged for the first time that some of the things he has said “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”
“To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that,” Cuomo said.
However, Sexual Harassment Working Group member Rita Pasarell told British newspaper The Guardian that Cuomo was “not even apologizing for his behavior.”
“He’s only apologizing for the victims’ feelings… He’s basically saying the women got it wrong and they misunderstood what he was doing, which is totally insulting,” Pasarell also said, adding that Cuomo was “not fit to serve because he is not showing an understanding that he needs to commit to not doing these things again.”