As if things couldn’t get any worse for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, one of the women accusing him of sexual harassment has relayed new details about the abuse she suffered, they’re more than a little icky.
Cuomo now stands accused of pervasive and consistent sexual harassment against at least three women, two of whom were employed by him at the time of the abuse. The details of the incidents were already harrowing, with Cuomo said to be fond of planted unwanted kisses on the lips of these women, as well as propositioning them sexually in public.
Now, one of the victims is detailing just how utterly gross Cuomo was.
“He is a textbook abuser,” former aide Charlotte Bennett told CBS’ Norah O’Donnell. “He lets his temper and his anger rule the office, but he was very sweet to me for a year in the hopes that maybe one day, when he came onto me, I would think we were friends or that it was appropriate or that it was okay.”
Bennett also told O’Donnell — in an interview that first aired Thursday night — that she believed the 63-year-old governor propositioned her for sex during a workplace meeting.
“Without explicitly saying it, he implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely,” Bennett said.
She said the governor, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, felt emboldened as his national profile rose amid his daily televised outbreak updates.
“I think he felt like he was untouchable in a lot of ways,” she told O’Donnell.
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