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Andrew Cuomo accuser files federal sexual harassment complaint

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/14/2022 Carly Roman
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A woman who accused former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment is bringing her case to federal court, according to a new filing.

Charlotte Bennett, the second woman to accuse the then-governor of sexual impropriety, is suing Cuomo, his counsel, Judith Mogul, former top aide Melissa DeRosa, and Democratic political adviser Jill DesRosiers for unspecified compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys' fees, among other damages, "to remedy discrimination on the basis of gender in employment in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution ... and for sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law," the 60-page filing said.

"My career as a public servant was abruptly cut short because of Governor Cuomo’s and his top aides' sexual harassment and retaliation against me after I complained about Governor Cuomo’s misconduct. They must all be held accountable for their actions," Bennett said in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner.

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Debra Katz, Bennett's attorney, said state Attorney General Letitia James found Cuomo "created a sexually hostile work environment that hurt women, like Ms. Bennett” in her August 2021 report that precipitated the then-governor's resignation weeks later.

"Investigators substantiated Charlotte Bennett's allegations and found them to be part of a pattern and practice of sexually harassing behavior by Cuomo. Those around him enabled him, placated him, and covered up his egregious behavior, managing out women who complained about his misconduct rather than insisting that their complaints be investigated as the law required," Katz said. "He and his aides repeatedly violated the law, and they must be held accountable."

Representatives for Cuomo denied Bennett's allegations, saying the then-governor has maintained he "didn't harass anyone."

"The Governor has always said he didn't harass anyone and with each day that goes by more and more information is uncovered showing how evidence favorable to the Governor was suppressed and crucial facts ignored or omitted that undermined witness credibility," Rita Glavin, an attorney for Cuomo, said in a statement shared with the Washington Examiner. "What else will come out during the discovery process? We'll see them in court."

On Tuesday, Cuomo filed an ethics complaint against James that included a section detailing "Ms. Bennett's history of making sexual misconduct allegations."

"A federal lawsuit filed on October 30, 2017, by a male student, 'John Doe,' against Hamilton College alleged that Ms. Bennett made false sexual misconduct allegations against him, in coordination with three other female students, which resulted in the ban of John Doe from campus and graduation. ... [James's August 2021] Report credited Ms. Bennett’s claims in their entirety — despite my having disputed many of Ms. Bennett’s characterizations and details regarding our interactions," Cuomo's ethics complaint noted.

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Cuomo resigned on Aug. 24, 2021, weeks after James released her report indicating he sexually harassed 11 women. He denied all allegations of inappropriate touching.

 

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