House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) referred to allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo as “credible” on Sunday, less than 24 hours after The New York Times detailed sexual harassment allegations from a second former Cuomo administration staffer.
“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” the California House Democrat told Fox News in a statement late Sunday afternoon. “The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved.”
Over the last several days, two of the governor’s former staffers have accused him of sexual harassment. Charlotte Bennet, 25, told The New York Times that Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life at the beginning of the pandemic, including whether she practiced monogamy and whether she had ever had sex with an older man. Cuomo, 63, told the Times that he “never made advances toward Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate,” and called her a “valued member” of his staff. (Bennet no longer works for the Cuomo administration.)
Lindsay Boylan, 36, has accused Cuomo of kissing her while they were alone in his office and of jokingly suggesting that the two play strip poker. A spokesperson for Cuomo has referred to Boylan’s “claims of inappropriate behavior” as “quite simply false.”
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