“I understood that the governor wished to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Ms. Bennett mentioned. “And was questioning how I used to be going to get out of it and assumed it was the tip of my job.”
After reporting her interactions with Mr. Cuomo in early June to his chief of workers, Jill DesRosiers, Ms. Bennett was shortly transferred to a different job, in an workplace on the other facet of the Capitol from the governor. No disciplinary motion was taken towards Mr. Cuomo, who has dominated New York for greater than a decade.
In a press release launched on Sunday night, Mr. Cuomo, 63, mentioned that he had not made advances or “inappropriately touched” anyone. The governor, nevertheless, did deal with his personal conduct, conceding that he had usually teased and bantered along with his underlings, “being playful” whereas working in what he referred to as “a really severe enterprise.”
“I now perceive that my interactions could have been insensitive or too private and that a few of my feedback, given my place, made others really feel in methods I by no means supposed,” he mentioned. “I acknowledge a few of the issues I’ve mentioned have been misinterpreted as an undesirable flirtation. To the extent anybody felt that approach, I’m actually sorry about that.”
The governor’s apology was batted again by other New York Democrats, together with Mayor Invoice de Blasio, who mentioned on Monday that the governor’s assertion was “not an apology,” however fairly an try and let “himself off the hook.”
“He appeared to be saying, ‘Aw, I used to be simply kidding round,’” Mr. de Blasio mentioned. “Sexual harassment isn’t humorous. It’s severe and it has do be taken critically.”
The mayor added that for ladies concerned, the alleged incidents “sounded fairly terrifying.”
“If somebody purposely tried to make use of their energy to pressure a girl to have intercourse with them? After all, that’s somebody who ought to not be in public service,” Mr. de Blasio mentioned.