Charlotte Bennett Wiki – Charlotte Bennett Bio
Charlotte Bennett is the second former aide to accuse New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment.
Bennett, a health policy adviser to Mr. Cuomo until November, told The New York Times that he had harassed her last year.
She told The New York Times that she left the position in November 2020. She told the Times that she told Cuomo’s chief of staff Jill DesRosiers less than a week later about the encounter with Cuomo and was “transferred to another job, as a health policy adviser.”
Bennett started working for Cuomo in 2019, two years out of college, as a briefer. She became a senior briefer and executive assistant after being interviewed by the governor.
She is 25 years old.
Charlotte Bennett Sexual Harassment Accuser
Bennett alleged to The New York Times that the governor made a series of personal remarks to her that made her uncomfortable. She said the governor never tried to physically touch her. Bennett is now director of operations at Primary Maternity Care.
Cuomo is divorced from Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and his relationship with celebrity Sandra Lee ended in 2019.
Ms. Bennett told the New York Times that the governor had asked her numerous questions about her personal life including whether she believed that age made a difference in romantic relationships.
She said he had also suggested that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s. Ms. Bennett said she believed the comments were clear overtures to a sexual relationship.
In the interview, she said that in June last year Mr. Cuomo had talked about feeling lonely during the pandemic and had asked her whom she had last hugged.
She said she dodged the question by saying she missed hugging her parents, but she believed the conversation had been another overture.
“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared and was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job,” she said.
Cuomo responded in a statement to the Times. He said he thought he was mentoring Bennett and had “never made advances toward Ms. Bennett, nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.”
Cuomo told the Times he was asking for an independent review, and people should wait for the results “before making any judgments.”
He referred to her being a sexual assault survivor and said she was a “hard-working and valued” staff member with “every right to speak out. He did not deny making the comments described by Bennett, according to The Times.