Published: Wed, March 03, 2021
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Cuomo accuser blasts attempted apology; third accuser comes forward

Cuomo accuser blasts attempted apology; third accuser comes forward

And then Charlotte Bennett herself came out today, Monday afternoon, and rejected that wholeheartedly, said, basically, the governor was engaging in predatory behavior, calling on other women who've experienced this to step forward, and basically saying that his behavior fits a flawless stereotype of someone who sexually harasses women. While I have deep respect for Chief Judge DiFiore, I am the duly elected attorney general and it is my responsibility to carry out this task.

Bennett's lawyer, Debra Katz, said her client will co-operate fully with the attorney general's investigation. The state attorney general added, her office will hire a law firm, deputize them and proceed to oversee a rigorous and independent investigation.

In a new expose from The New York Times, we discover the magnitude of the New York governor's limitations.

The other Westchester piece of this story is that former DA and NYS Chief Court Judge Janet DiFiore will not be a part of the investigation into the allegations against Governor Cuomo. In light of that, he says he has asked for an independent investigation to be undertaken, by someone the NY AG's Office picks.

On Monday, The New York Times reported that a third accuser has come forward with claims that Andrew Cuomo made unwanted advances on her at a wedding reception.

The video has poured fuel on the fire as the NY governor has recently been accused of sexual harassment.

He said he had meant to be a mentor for the 25-year-old.

Legislative leaders rejected Cuomo's initial plan to appoint a retired federal judge to conduct the investigation. Boylan said Cuomo subjected her to an unwanted kiss and comments about her appearance.

"Ms. Bennett said she had tried to dodge the question by responding that she missed hugging her parents", writes the Times.

"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared and was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job", she said.

Under pressure, New York governor bows to outside probe of abuse claims

She also called the allegations - from Charlotte Bennett, 25, and Lindsey Boylan, 36 - "serious and credible".

Last week, Boylan penned an essay in Medium which provided details, including allegations that the Governor kissed her on the lips without warning-and that Cuomo made a proposition on a plane back to Albany-"Let's Play Strip Poker".

Numerous biggest names in NY politics lined up behind James. All New York state employees have reportedly been directed to cooperate with the investigation.

Local Republican lawmakers also reiterated calls to investigate the governor. "This is an issue I have been working on for some time, and will be introducing legislation tomorrow".

The referral letter was sent Monday. McDaniel said, noting that Biden previous year described Cuomo as the "gold standard" for his leadership through the pandemic.

James issued two statements Sunday, emphasizing the conditions under which her office could conduct an independent probe. "But as I said, everyone has a right to be able to come forward, speak their truth, and be heard".

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also tweeted Sunday: "Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett's detailed accounts of sexual harassment by Gov. Cuomo are extremely serious and painful to read".

The Democratic governor's office had initially selected former federal Judge Barbara Jones to investigate claims of sexual harassment made against the governor by two female former aides, but the choice met swift backlash, including from several high-profile Democrats in the state - such as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a longtime adversary of Cuomo - who stressed the importance of someone other than the governor choosing an independent person to lead the effort.

"The Governor's proposal to appoint someone who is not independently elected, has no subpoena authority and no prosecutorial authority is inadequate".


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