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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused of sex harassment by second aide who says he asked if she ‘had sex with older men’

GOVERNOR Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by another former employee less than a week after he was accused by sexual harassment by a former aide.

Charlotte Bennett claimed the New York governor asked personal "questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men."

In an interview with the New York Times, Bennett, 25, said she left the governor's office last November after claiming the harassment came during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared," Bennett said.

"And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job," she added.

Cuomo, 63, in a statement responded to Bennett's claims.

"I tried to be supportive and helpful," Cuomo said. "Ms. Bennett's initial impression was right: I was trying to be a mentor to her."

"I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate," he added.

"The last thing I would ever have wanted was to make her feel any of the things that are being reported," Cuomo added. "This situation cannot and should not be resolved in the press; I believe the best way to get to the truth is through a full and thorough outside review and I am directing all state employees to comply with that effort."

"I ask all New Yorkers to await the findings of the review so that they know the facts before making any judgments," the governor added. "I will have no further comment until the review has concluded."

On Wednesday, former aide Lindsey Boylan claimed the governor kissed her on the lips without consent and added in her more than three years while working in his administration, Cuomo "would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs."

She alleged he compared her to one of his rumored ex-girlfriends and even joked they should play strip poker.

"I’m compelled to tell my story because no woman should feel forced to hide their experiences of workplace intimidation, harassment and humiliation — not by the Governor or anyone else," Boylan said.

Cuomo said the allegations were "just not true," with his spokesperson Caitlin Girouard saying Boylan's "claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false."

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