Transcript for Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces another allegation of sexual harassment
Now to a report of a new sexual harassment allegation against New York governor Andrew Cuomo. "The New York Times" saying a second former Cuomo aide has now come forward. ABC's Stephanie Ramos is here with the latest. Good morning to you, Stephanie. Reporter: Eva, good morning. The three-term governor was just facing criticism for the way his office reported nursing home deaths during the pandemic, now a second former aide is accusing governor Cuomo of inappropriate conduct. This morning, a second former aide to New York governor Andrew Cuomo is coming forward accusing him of sexual harassment. According to "The New York Times," 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett says Cuomo asked her questions sexual in nature last spring, reportedly asking her whether she had monogamous relationships and whether she had ever sex with older men. According to paper, Bennett told her parents and friends during that time. After an encounter in June, her friend asked her if Cuomo had been physical. She responded by text message, no. The paper also saying Bennett reported the encounter to Cuomo's chief of staff. Bennett was reportedly transferred to another department until she left the administration altogether in November. The governor's special counsel and senior advisers saying in a statement, Ms. Bennett received the transfer she requested a position in which she expressed a long-standing interest and was thoroughly debriefed on the facts which did not include a claim of physical contact or inappropriate sexual conduct. In a statement Saturday, Cuomo denies the allegations, saying, he was trying to be a mentor to her, adding, quote, I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate. This comes after Cuomo denied allegations from another former aide, Lindsay Boylan who detailed details. Cuomo denying those allegations during a press conference in It's -- it's just not true. Reporter: Boylan reacting to the latest accuser, posting, I am with you, Charlotte. You are not going to derail or destroy any more lives, governor Cuomo. Bennett said she decided to make her allegations public in part because she wanted to counter the way Mr. Cuomo, quote, wield his power. He's requested an outside review of the matter. He's asking new yorkers to await the findings before making any judgments, some New York Democrats saying the governor should not be the one to appoint that investigator in that review. Dan. Stephanie, thank you so much.
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