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  • “The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Gov. Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement to Fox News.
  • “The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved,” Pelosi said.
  • Pelosi’s statement comes after two former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, separately accused Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances while they were employed by the state.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said the sexual harassment allegations made against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) are “serious and credible.” 

“The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Gov. Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” Pelosi said in a statement to Fox News


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“The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved,” Pelosi said. 

Pelosi’s statement comes after two former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, separately accused Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances while they were employed by the state. 

Boylan, who worked for the state’s economic development agency from 2015-18, published a Medium post on Wednesday elaborating on previous sexual harassment claims she had lodged against the governor, saying Cuomo kissed her without her consent and made unwanted sexual advances toward her. 

On Saturday, Bennett told The New York Times Cuomo had made inappropriate advances toward her and asked her inappropriate questions on multiple occasions in the spring of last year. She left the administration in November. 

“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett told The Times. “And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job.” 

Cuomo in a statement on Sunday maintained he had never inappropriately touched or propositioned anyone, but acknowledged that some of his behavior toward women “may have been insensitive or too personal.”

“I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”

Top Democrats have called for an independent investigation following the allegations. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said during an interview with CNN that President Biden supports an independent probe into claims made by both women.

Cuomo's office on Sunday said the governor would cooperate with an independent investigation. 


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Published on Mar 01, 2021