Lawmakers, constituents and organizations are calling for an investigation of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) after a second former aide accused him of sexual harassment.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, who was an govt assistant and well being coverage adviser within the Cuomo administration till final November, told The New York Times in a narrative printed Saturday that the governor requested questions on her intercourse life, whether or not she was monogamous and if she had ever had intercourse with older males. He reportedly informed her he was open to relationships with ladies of their 20s.
Lindsey Boylan, a former state financial improvement official, alleged late final 12 months that the governor sexually harassed her a number of occasions from 2016 to 2018. She accused him Wednesday of kissing her without consent.
Cuomo has denied that he sexually harassed both girl.
Several GOP critics of Cuomo are gleefully calling for a probe of the allegations — and even for Cuomo’s fast ouster. But Democrats are additionally asking for an investigation.
Cuomo’s workplace introduced Saturday that an outdoor “review” of the accusations shall be performed by a former federal choose. But others emphasised the significance of a really unbiased investigation.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) known as the allegations “deeply troubling,” saying they deserve a “thorough investigation” that should be “transparent, impartial, and above all else, independent.”
Andrew Yang, a former presidential candidate turned New York City mayoral candidate, additionally known as for an “aggressive independent investigation.”
“Albany must show they take all allegations seriously through action,” Yang mentioned in an announcement. “That starts with an aggressive independent investigation and an acknowledgement that harassment has no place in public service.”
Sexual abuse survivor and New York state Democratic Sen. Alessandra Biaggi known as on Cuomo to resign. Earlier she had known as him a “monster.”
State Sen. James Skoufis (D), the chairman of the state Senate investigations committee, mentioned the “disturbing” allegations “warrant an independent, outside, expeditious investigation.”
New York’s Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D) additionally known as for a “truly independent” investigation, including that “all allegations of workplace sexual harassment must be taken seriously.”
Trump-supporting Republicans, like former marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski, had been notably desirous to pile on Cuomo.
Donald Trump Jr. mentioned Cuomo must be held to the identical requirements he demanded for Brett Kavanaugh after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault. Yet Kavanaugh grew to become and stays a Supreme Court affiliate justice. And Trump’s personal father has been accused of sexual misconduct by 25 ladies.
Boylan, the primary former aide who accused Cuomo of harassment, bashed the governor’s declare Saturday that he thought of himself a “mentor” to Bennett. She additionally promised she’d have extra to say Sunday.
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