The politician was recently accused by two former assistants who claim Andrew harassed them when they worked with him.
The governor’s office of Nova York, Andrew Cuomo, on Monday, 1st, released the attorney general of the state, Letitia James, to investigate the accusations of sexual harassment made by two women against the Democratic politician. Letitia announced that she received an official letter giving her team the authority to proceed with an independent investigation. “This is not a responsibility that we will take anyway, as allegations of sexual harassment must always be taken seriously. As indicated in the letter, at the end of the review, the conclusions will be disclosed in a public report, ”said the prosecutor in a statement.
The announcement comes after Letitia spoke out against a proposal by Cuomo, who had suggested that a former federal judge take over the investigation, and stressed that the law requires his office to handle cases like this. The governor was recently accused by two former assistants, who claim that the politician harassed them when they worked with him. The first complaint was from Lindsey Boylan, a former adviser to Cuomo and current candidate for president of Manhattan County, who claims to have been harassed on several occasions between 2016 and 2018. According to her, the governor went so far as to kiss her unsolicited on the lips.
These accusations were followed up this weekend by those of Charlotte Bennett, who was a health policy adviser until last November and who told the newspaper The New York Times that the governor asked her if she was monogamous and whether she had ever had sex sex with older men. The 25-year-old former aide reported that the 63-year-old governor told her that he was open to having sex with women his age, which she interpreted as clear proposals for sexual intercourse. “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and I felt terribly uncomfortable and scared. I wondered how I was going to get out of this and assumed it was the end of my job, ”Bennett reported to the newspaper.
So far, Cuomo has denied the allegations of harassment, but on Sunday, 28, he publicly apologized, saying that “some things” he said “could be misinterpreted as unwanted flirting”. The politician said he was in the habit of making jokes and joking comments with his employees, but said that he is now aware that, given his position, some of them may be very personal or insensitive. “To the extent that someone felt this, I am very sorry,” he apologized in a statement, in which the governor said he had never touched anyone inappropriately.
However, this Monday, 1st, Bennett pointed out that Cuomo still does not recognize or assume responsibility for his behavior, which she defined as predatory, and called on other women with similar experiences with him to come forward. The denunciations left Cuomo in a difficult political situation, with some members of his party calling for him to be investigated, while others want him to step down.
* With information from EFE