A woman who has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment has reportedly spoken with investigators, and on Monday she detailed her interactions with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The accuser, former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, spent four hours speaking via Zoom teleconference software to investigators conducting a probe of claims by her and several other women that the Democrat sexually harassed them.
The investigation is being overseen by state Attorney General Letitia James.
Bennett, 25, “detailed her allegations of sexual harassment and provided the investigators with more than 120 pages of contemporaneous records, as well as other examples of documentary evidence, to corroborate her accusations against Gov. Cuomo and his senior staff,” her lawyer Debra Katz said in a statement.
Katz said that Bennett provided investigators with “detailed information about the sexually hostile work environment the Governor fostered in both his Manhattan and Albany offices and his deliberate effort to create rivalries and tension among female staffers on whom he bestowed attention.”
“One piece of new information that came to light today was the Governor’s preoccupation with his hand size and what the large size of his hands indicated to Charlotte and other members of his staff,” Katz said.
The lawyer said the investigators “have been moving quickly, and with sensitivity, to get to the heart of these allegations.”
“We remain confident that their investigation will substantiate Charlotte’s claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Cuomo, as well as the failure of his senior staff to meet their mandatory reporting requirements under the very laws he signed,” Katz said.
She also said that “it is imperative” that the probe focus not only on Cuomo’s conduct toward women, “but also on the culture of fear, abuse and secrecy that he and his most senior staff cultivated. ”
“To that end, we have full confidence in the investigation and the investigators. We urge others who have been subjected to inappropriate conduct by the Governor – and we know you are out there – to come forward with what you experienced,” Katz said. “And to those who observed the behavior, we urge you to do the same.”
The report comes as the New York Democrat is facing calls from, both his own party, and Republicans to resign. Cuomo, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, says he has no plans to step down.