Two women who've worked for Cuomo accused him of sexual harassment.
"When she came to me and opened up about being a sexual assault survivor and how it shaped her and her ongoing efforts to create an organization that empowered her voice to help other survivors, I tried to be supportive and helpful", Cuomo said in a statement, which was issued to the Times.
The response from the governor seemed to reflect the gravity of Bennett's accusations, and those of another former aide last week, as well as the potential damage that they could cause to Cuomo, a third-term Democrat.
"Before we start tonight, let me say something that I am sure very obvious to you who watch my show, and thank you for that".
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Critics mocked the poorly-aged tweet on social media. "And that's true for her and that's also true for Gov. Cuomo".
"It took the Governor 24 hours and significant backlash to allow for a truly independent investigation".
The referral letter noted that the findings of the investigation will be "disclosed in a public report", James added.
"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared", she said.
Cuomo, 63, said he had meant to be a mentor for Bennett, who is 25.
In the latest misconduct allegations, Bennett, who worked for the governor as an executive assistant and policy advisor for almost two years until November 2020, told the New York Times that he had asked her about her sex life, including whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.
Cuomo's support has plummeted amid dual crises. As New York Attorney General, James is an elected official separate from Cuomo.
James rejected that proposal.
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On Monday, Cuomo retained Manhattan litigator Elkan Abramowitz to represent him and his office in probes related to nursing homes.
The latest allegations surfaced on Saturday after 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to the governor until November, told The New York Times that Cuomo, 63, sexually harassed her in 2020. Cuomo said his comments were being mischaracterized.
Cuomo did not respond to Bennett's statement Monday.
Her accusation came days after another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, a former economic development adviser, elaborated on harassment allegations she first made in December. On Sunday, Republican state Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt called on Cuomo to resign.
Niou, then a chief of staff in her late 20s, never reported it.
Cuomo has denied Boylan's allegations. Asked why she did not seek a formal investigation, Bennett said she made a decision to move on. "I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation", he continued. Cuomo rose to national prominence for his daily televised briefings last spring, when NY was the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States.
Ross Garber, a lawyer who has represented former governors Mark Sanford of SC and John Rowland of CT, said Cuomo is "essentially handing his reputation to an outsider and saying, 'Have at it".
"When the person being investigated is the governor, it's definitely awkward if not illogical to have a bill that requires you to ask the governor for that referral", says Sen.
"We are confident that no disinterested investigator who reviews this evidence would adopt the Governor's self-serving characterization of his behaviour as mentorship or, at worst, unwanted flirtation", Katz said.
"I commend the courage of Ms. Bennett and Lindsey Boylan for coming forward".
James issued two statements Sunday, emphasizing the conditions under which her office could conduct an independent probe.
Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, has not been seen in public since new details of the sexual harassment complaints became public last week.