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Politics Cuomo skipped sexual harassment training - that he himself mandated - by having a staffer complete it for him, accuser says

09:52  06 march  2021
09:52  06 march  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Trigger Warning: This article contains information and details about alleged sexual assault and/or violence, which may be upsetting to some readers.

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images © Jeenah Moon/Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

Resources to help survivors of sexual assault include the National Sex Assault Hotline (800-656-4673), and The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) online hotline.

  • Gov. Cuomo made sexual harassment training mandatory for state employees in 2018.
  • But in 2019, Cuomo skipped it and had a staffer complete it for him, a former aide says.
  • That aide is also one of three women who have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.
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In 2018, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made sexual harassment training mandatory for employees in the state as part of his anti-sexual harassment agenda.

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In 2019, the governor skipped the training and instead had a staffer complete it for him, according to a woman who also worked for Cuomo at the time and has since accused him of sexual harassment.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, was the second woman to come forward with accusations against Cuomo, including that he asked her deeply personal sexual questions and made inappropriate comments about her sexual assault.

In an interview with CBS that aired Thursday and Friday, Bennett, a former aide to Cuomo, recounted her experiences, adding that Cuomo did not take the sexual harassment training in 2019.


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"I was there. I heard [the office director] say, 'I can't believe I'm doing this for you' and making a joke about the fact that she was completing the training for him," Bennett told CBS. "And then I heard her at the end ask him to sign the certificate."

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In the wake of the allegations against him, Cuomo was asked by a reporter on Wednesday whether he had taken the sexual harassment training.

"Short answer is yes," Cuomo responded.

Cuomo's office did not immediately respond to a request from Insider.

"I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable, and I truly and deeply apologize for it," Cuomo also said on Wednesday. "And frankly, I am embarrassed by it. And that's not easy to say, but that's the truth."

Bennett is one of three women who have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. The New York Times reported on Friday that the New York attorney general has asked members of Cuomo's administration to save any records that could be relevant to the sexual harassment inquiry.

The governor has also come under fire in recent weeks for his administration's pandemic response. The Times and The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Cuomo's top advisers had successfully pushed health officials to alter a report that would obscure the high COVID-19 death toll in nursing homes.

Also on Friday, New York state lawmakers stripped Cuomo of the emergency powers he was granted in the early days of the pandemic, when some were praising his coronavirus response.

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Resources to help survivors of sexual assault include the National Sex Assault Hotline (800-656-4673), and The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) online hotline.

2 more women, including a former Albany reporter, come forward to accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of harassment and toxic behavior .
Jessica Bakeman, who formerly covered Cuomo in Albany, wrote in The Cut that he harassed and embarrassed her multiple times in front of others.Jessica Bakeman, a journalist who previously covered New York state politics for the USA Today network in Albany, wrote in an essay in The Cut that the governor sexually harassed her on multiple occasions and fed into a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in Albany writ large.

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