White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Sunday that President Joe Biden supports an independent review of the sexual harassment claims brought against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Psaki said on the CNN program “State of the Union” that the president wants the review to proceed as quickly as possible.
Details of Harassment Charges
Two former staffers have alleged the harassment in recent weeks. Charlotte Bennett told the New York Times that the governor began harassing her during the spring of 2020. Bennett left in November after working as an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the 63-year-old governor’s administration.
The newspaper report said that the 25-year-old Bennett alleged that Cuomo asked her questions regarding her sex life, relationships, and if she ever had a sexual relationship with an older man.
Bennett’s report came after a former aide named Lindsey Boylan also accused the governor of harassment.
Boylan’s article was published last week on Medium, claiming that Cuomo suggested the two play strip poker while traveling for business on an airplane. Boylan said that the governor has created a work environment in which sexual harassment is accepted and even expected.
Cuomo’s Office Response
In response to the allegations, Cuomo’s administration said that the office has requested its own independent review led by former federal Judge Barbara Jones. However, critics of the governor claim that the Cuomo review is not at all independent. Former New York gubernatorial candidate and actress Cynthia Nixon pointed out that the review is not at all independent if it was requested directly by the governor’s office.