Embattled New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on the heels of multiple sexual harassment claims leveled by former staffers, isn’t having a great start to the week.
On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) labeled the allegations made by multiple women against the governor “credible,” adding that the women involved should be “treated with dignity,” Fox News reported.
On Saturday, news broke that a second former aide, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett, had accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. Bennett said the governor had left her feeling that he “wanted to sleep with me” after asking her personal questions about her sexual experience and remarking about his interest in women in their 20s.
A day after the allegations were published by The New York Times, Pelosi echoed statements from other high-profile politicians on both sides of the political aisle who called for due process through the use of independent investigations into the allegations.
“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” Pelosi said. “The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved.”
In the Times piece that broke the story, Bennett described instances in which she felt uncomfortable and intimidated by the governor.
“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett said, according to the Times.
AOC goes after Cuomo
Cuomo also came under fire from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who released a statement after Cuomo’s second accuser made her story public.
“Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett’s detailed accounts of sexual harassment by Gov. Cuomo are extremely serious and painful to read,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Sunday.
Ocasio-Cortez also said the New York Attorney General should select an independent investigator to look into the allegations, a concession that Cuomo’s office eventually made as the pressure intensified, NBC News reported.
Former aide Lindsey Boylan, who made the first accusation of sexual harassment against the governor, held nothing back on Sunday as she called for Cuomo’s immediate resignation in a tweet, calling him a “true abuser.”
Like a true abuser, @NYGovCuomo continues to work behind the scenes to undermine the truth and to harm his many victims. His abuse of power never ends. He does not get to choose his judge and jury. We do. And what is abundantly clear to me is the governor should resign.
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) February 28, 2021