Updated: March 15, 2021 05:08 PM
Created: March 15, 2021 04:21 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The second woman to accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, Charlotte Bennett, met with independent investigators Monday to detail her allegations against the governor.
Attorney General Letitia James's office launched an independent investigation into the allegations against Gov. Cuomo. It's being led by Joon Kim, the former Acting U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Anne Clark a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C., focusing on employment law issues, especially employment discrimination.
Jennifer Kennedy Park, Abena Mainoo and Yannick Grant are supporting Kim and Clark.
Bennett's attorneys say she detailed her allegations against the governor for the investigators via Zoom for more than four hours on Monday and provided them with more than 120 pages of records and other evidence to corroborate her claims against the governor and his senior staff.
Bennett's attorneys also released a statement, saying, in part:
“The investigators have been moving quickly, and with sensitivity, to get to the heart of these allegations. We remain confident that their investigation will substantiate Charlotte’s claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Cuomo, as well as the failure of his senior staff to meet their mandatory reporting requirements under the very laws he signed. She also provided detailed information about the sexually hostile work environment the Governor fostered in both his Manhattan and Albany offices and his deliberate effort to create rivalries and tension among female staffers on whom he bestowed attention. One piece of new information that came to light today was the Governor’s preoccupation with his hand size and what the large size of his hands indicated to Charlotte and other members of his staff.
“As we have said before, it is imperative that this investigation not only focus on Gov. Cuomo’s actions, but also on the culture of fear, abuse and secrecy that he and his most senior staff cultivated. To that end, we have full confidence in the investigation and the investigators. We urge others who have been subjected to inappropriate conduct by the Governor – and we know you are out there – to come forward with what you experienced. And to those who observed the behavior, we urge you to do the same.”
The team behind the independent investigation launched a website last week that includes contact information. They're asking anyone with allegations against the governor to call, text or email them. Click here for more information.
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