A former aide says she believes Gov. Andrew Cuomo was “trying to sleep with me” during a one-on-one meeting in his Albany office last year, according to a video clip released on Thursday.
During an interview set to be broadcast on the “CBS Evening News” Thursday night, Charlotte Bennett, 25, was asked by anchor Norah O’Donnell what she was thinking as Cuomo, 63, was asking her questions.
“I thought, he’s trying to sleep with me. The governor’s trying to sleep with me and I’m deeply comfortable and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible,” Bennett said.
“What made you think he was trying to sleep with you?” O’Donnell asked.
“Without explicitly saying it, he — he implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely,” Bennett said.
In another interview excerpt posted online, O’Donnell asked, “Do you believe he was propositioning you?”
“Yes,” Bennett answered.
“For what?” O’Donnell asked.
“Sex,” Bennett replied.
During the local CBS-2 News at 5, O’Donnell said that during the interview, Bennett “says Gov. Cuomo is, in her words, a textbook abuser” and “even uses words like that she was groomed for this relationship.”
“She details, step-by-step, what happened in several of these encounters with the governor when they were alone,” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell said Bennett recalled “questions about her personal life, her sex life, her preferences, her past sexual history — all of those which she said not only made her uncomfortable, but in her words and in her attorney’s words, they believe is harassment and in her attorney’s words is predatory behavior.”
Bennett is one of three women whose allegations are the subject of a pending probe by an independent law firm to be appointed by Attorney General Letitia James.