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Andrew M. Cuomo is accusing him of sexual harassment, saying that he asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men. Bennett, 25, said the most unsettling episode occurred on June 5, when she was alone with Mr. Cuomo in his State Capitol office. In a series of interviews this week, she said the governor had asked her numerous questions about her personal life, including whether she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships, and had said that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s — comments she interpreted as clear overtures to a sexual relationship.
Bennett, nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate. She said that Mr. Bennett said she had tried to dodge Girl looking for sex McKinley Park question by responding that she missed hugging her parents. Cuomo never tried to touch her, Ms. Bennett said, but the message of the entire episode was unmistakable to her. Bennett said. Bennett said she had disclosed the interaction with Mr. Cuomo to his chief of staff, Jill DesRosiers, less than a week later and was transferred to another job, as a health policy adviser, with an office on the opposite side of the Capitol, soon after that.
Bennett said she had also given a lengthy statement to a special counsel to the governor, Judith Mogul, toward the end of June. In his statement, Mr. Cuomo called Ms. Bennett had spoken to him about being a sexual assault survivor — an experience about which she had been open in the past — and he had tried to be supportive and helpful.
The governor did not deny that he asked Ms. Bennett personal questions; he said in the statement that he would have no further comment until the review concluded. Cuomo had harassed her on several occasions from toat one point giving her an unsolicited kiss on the lips at his Manhattan Girl looking for sex McKinley Park.
After seeing Ms. Boylan detail her accusations against Mr. Cuomo, Ms. Bennett shared Ms. The Times contacted Ms. Bennett, and she agreed to relate her own of harassment.
She said she felt an obligation to other victims of sexual harassment and wanted to counter the way Mr. Bennett said she had told her parents and friends about the exchange with the governor around the time that it happened, as well as about her growing discomfort with having to work closely with him, and had kept Girl looking for sex McKinley Park messages from that period. The Times reviewed the messages and confirmed their contents with those who received them. Bennett also retained text messages from Ms. DesRosiers and Ms. Mogul that alluded to their meetings in June, but did not mention the subject matter.
Bennett said of Ms. Mogul, describing both women as sympathetic to her concerns. By mid, Ms. Bennett had been promoted to senior briefer and executive assistant after an interview with Mr. The two became friendly, she said, and they bonded over shared connections with Westchester County: At the time, he was living with Sandra Lee, a celebrity chef, in Mount Kisco; Ms.
Bennett was living with her parents in a neighboring hamlet.
She mentioned to Mr. Cuomo that she had played middle-school soccer against one of his daughters, who are also in their mids. Cuomo, she said, would sometimes ask questions about her dating life that she said seemed inappropriate but not necessarily unmanageable.
In JanuaryMs. Bennett sent her mother a text. Not me. On May 15, she said she arrived at the Capitol around 7 a. Cuomo already at work. Bennett was there to drop off some briefing papers, but Mr. She memorialized the exchange in several texts to another Cuomo staff member that The Times reviewed. Bennett said she had mentioned a speech she was scheduled to give to Hamilton students about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault.
She said she had been taken aback by Mr. In retrospect, Ms. Three weeks later, Ms. Bennett said, she was summoned to Mr. After the second aide left, Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Bennett continued their work. When they finished, she Girl looking for sex McKinley Park, he asked her to turn off her recorder, and he began a winding conversation that touched on the Black Lives Matter protests and his daily news conferences. But, Ms. Bennett said, the governor also started to ask questions about her personal life, including whether she was romantically involved, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and whether she had ever had sex with older men.
A series of text exchanges with a female friend from that afternoon, June 5, comported with Ms. In the texts, she told her friend that she was shaken and upset by the episode and worried about even writing it down. Bennett wrote. When her friend asked whether Mr. Cuomo had done anything physical to Ms. The next day, the women continued to discuss the episode via text.
In the interview, Ms. Bennett said Mr. Cuomo told her he was lonely, particularly since the end of his relationship with Ms. Lee in He said Ms. Bennett, who had just turned 25 at the time, said Mr. Bennett reiterated in an interview with The Times. At one juncture, Ms. Asked if she felt Mr. Bennett said that she had felt deeply uncomfortable with Mr.
She said Mr. Cuomo had suggested that perhaps she should put the tattoo on her buttocks, so people would not see it when she wore a dress. A friend of Ms. He confirmed the contours of hersaying that she had made it clear to him that she believed the governor wanted to have sex with her.
Bennett told her parents about the encounter within days, her mother recalled, saying her daughter had made a special visit home to do so. Bennett said she spoke to Mr. DesRosiers, on June 10, five days after the episode. She said the meeting, in Ms. Bennett said she had recounted her interaction with Mr. Cuomo and she recalled that Ms. DesRosiers had asked a few questions, been apologetic and asked to speak to her again in two days. In a text message sent to a friend after the meeting, Ms. Bennett said Ms. When Ms. She also told her friend, in the same series of texts, that she trusted Ms.
DesRosiers but was worried about Mr. Two days later, on June 12, Ms. DesRosiers told Ms. Bennett she would be transferred to a new position as a health policy adviser, still working in the executive branch, but in Girl looking for sex McKinley Park different part of the Capitol.
Her new job was announced in a June 17 to Department of Health officials. Later that month, Ms. Bennett met with Ms. Mogul, a special counsel to the governor, and repeated her claims. Of Ms. Bennett, Ms. Jones, a former federal judge in Manhattan, will lead the outside review into the matter, Ms. Garvey said.
Bennett left state government last fall and she now lives and works in a neighboring state. She said that her anger about what had happened had continued to percolate and had led to her departure. She added that she had been committed to her job Girl looking for sex McKinley Park the administration, even after her interactions with Mr.Girl looking for sex McKinley Park
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