Gov. Andrew Cuomo had someone else take his mandatory workplace sexual harassment training course for him, then signed it as if he had taken it himself, accuser Charlotte Bennett says in an explosive new interview broadcast Friday by the night.
Bennett also claims that one of the governor’s top aides conceded to him last summer that he had been “grooming” her, but that the matter did not need further investigation because Cuomo’s behavior had gone no further.
The explosive revelations were made by Cuomo’s 25-year-old former assistant in an interview on “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell.”
“At first they apologized, they said it was inappropriate,” he said of a June 30 meeting with Cuomo’s special counsel Judith Mogul and her chief of staff, Jill DesRosiers.
“I asked them if they could let it slide and I said, ‘I don’t want this investigated, please stop this,’ you know, because I was scared.
“She said, ‘You came to us before something serious happened. It was just grooming, and it wasn’t considered sexual harassment yet, so we don’t need to investigate, ‘”Bennett alleged.
It was unclear if Bennett was referring to Mogul, Desrosiers, or someone else at the meeting.
Cuomo had a doorbell make him his official training, Bennett also alleged.
“In 2019, he didn’t take the sexual harassment training,” Bennett tells O’Donnell in the interview.
“How do you know that?” O’Donnell asks.
“I was there,” responds Bennett, who was working for him at the time.
“I heard Stephanie say, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this for you,'” recalls Bennett, referring to the office manager, Stephanie Benton.
“I’m joking about the fact that she was completing training for him,” recalls Bennett.
“And then I heard her at the end ask her to sign the certificate,” Bennett said.
Bennett’s explosive claim that the governor had an aide complete his sexual harassment training directly contradicts what he said Wednesday.
When asked by a reporter if he had taken the mandatory training, Cuomo simply said, “The short answer is yes.”
Benton, for his part, “categorically denies the exchange,” according to a statement from the governor’s office that added, “this is not true,” CBS reported.
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Also in the interview, Bennett said the governor assigned him the task of “finding” a girlfriend for him, and a day later asked impatiently if he had done so, a revelation that was advanced in Friday’s teasers.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Bennett’s attorney, Debra Katz, sent a letter to state attorney general Letitia James asking the attorney general to ensure that the governor’s office and senior staff retain evidence related to the harassment allegations. Bennett’s sex.
The urgency of Katz’s request “was heightened by new recent reports that the governor’s staff modified government reports related to other matters,” the attorney said in a press release.
That was an apparent reference to Thursday night news that Cuomo’s top aides lobbied state health officials to omit from a public report the number of nursing home residents who died in hospitals from COVID-19. .