Cuomo Accuser to CBS: ‘Completely’ the Media Made Him Really feel ‘Untouchable’

CAUTION: Charlotte Bennett’s account of what allegedly occurred between her and Governor Cuomo is disturbing. Reader discretion is suggested.

Charlotte Bennett, the third girl to accuse New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) of sexual harassment, didn’t mince phrases throughout her unique Thursday interview with CBS Night Information anchor Norah O’Donnell; telling viewers that the media performed a job in making him really feel “untouchable” and enabled him to sexually harass her. And as she went into element about what allegedly occurred in his workplace, she revealed a complete host of gross and disgusting actions from Cuomo.

On the high of the video, O’Donnell set the tone by confirming with Bennett that it was clear Cuomo was “propositioning” her for intercourse. From there, the anchor requested if the particular consideration Cuomo was getting from the media had “emboldened” him, and Bennett affirmed it:

BENNETT: The pandemic was clearly aggravating for all of us. And he was on TV almost daily speaking about it.

O’DONNELL: So, you assume all this nationwide consideration might have emboldened him?

BENNETT: Completely. I feel he felt like he was untouchable in numerous methods.

Through a voice-over, O’Donnell described how Cuomo “grew to become fixated, repeating again and again her historical past as a sexual assault survivor.” And talking in Cuomo’s cadence, Bennett recounted a gross Could 15, 2020 encounter: “So he goes, ‘you had been raped. You had been raped. You had been raped and abused and assaulted.’”

Bennett went on to inform O’Donnell a few June 5, 2020 incident the place Cuomo defined that “he’s searching for a girlfriend, he’s lonely, he is drained.” This got here after Cuomo allegedly instructed her to show off a tape recorder used for taking dictation.

 

 

From there, Cuomo apparently questioned her about whether or not or not she had bother being intimate as a result of she’s a sexual assault survivor, and instructed her he didn’t have an issue being with a girl who was over 22. Cuomo was 62 on the time (click on “develop”):

O’DONNELL: You’ve got simply completed dictation and the Governor is telling you he is lonely, and searching for a relationship.

BENNETT: Sure. He requested if I had bother having fun with being with somebody due to my trauma.

O’DONNELL: This appeared extremely inappropriate.

BENNETT: Yeah, the Governor requested me if I used to be delicate to intimacy.

O’DONNELL: In his workplace.

BENNETT: Sure. In the course of the work day.

O’DONNELL: You might have been quoted as saying that he additionally requested you about in case you had ever been with an older man.

BENNETT: Yeah. He requested me if age distinction mattered. He additionally defined that he was tremendous with anybody over 22.

O’DONNELL: And the way outdated are you?

BENNETT: I’m 25.

“I believed he is making an attempt to sleep with me. The governor is making an attempt to sleep with me. And I’m deeply uncomfortable and I’ve to get out of this room as quickly as attainable,” she added.

Bennett additionally offered CBS with contemporaneous textual content messages she despatched to a pal after the encounter occurred. O’Donnell learn from them:

Textual content messages despatched by Bennett to a pal and reviewed by CBS Information memorialize her encounter with Cuomo instantly afterwards. Bennett tells her pal the governor, quote, “talked about age variations in relationships.” The pal who verified the messages requested, “wait, what? Did he do one thing?” Bennett responds, “no, nevertheless it was like probably the most specific it may very well be.”

Talking at to why she didn’t simply depart the room or shut down the dialog, Bennett defined: “I did not really feel like I had a selection … He’s my boss. He is everybody’s boss.”

It’s price noting Cuomo was the identical governor who allegedly threatened the profession of a New York assemblyman who spoke out in opposition to him over the nursing house scandal. O’Donnell did be aware that scandal too.

However whereas Fox Information Channel’s Particular Report and NBC Nightly Information every had experiences that includes soundbites from CBS’s unique interview with Bennett, ABC’s World Information Tonight let everybody know they had been performed protecting Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct by ignoring the scandal utterly. It got here the day after the community boosted the Governor’s so-called “apology” over his accusers.

The transcript is under, click on “develop” to learn:

CBS Night Information
March 4, 2021
6:32:20 p.m. Jap

NORAH O’DONNELL: However we’ll start with breaking information as a result of for the primary time tonight, one of many girls accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is talking out to CBS Information, on digicam detailing what she says was clear sexual harassment by the highly effective Democrat and head of the nationwide governor’s affiliation.

Cuomo’s former Govt Assistant Charlotte Bennett says the Governor requested her intimate and inappropriate questions on her private life, all she stated in an try and sleep along with her.

The Governor, who grew to become a world superstar for his dealing with of the early days of the pandemic in New York is new going through allegations that his administration coated up COVID deaths at nursing properties, together with allegations from three girls that he sexually harassed them.

On Wednesday, Cuomo publicly apologized saying he was sorry if he acted in a means that made anybody really feel uncomfortable. However as you’ll hear tonight Charlotte Bennett says that apology didn’t go far sufficient. Calling him a textbook abuser.

[Cuts to video]

Governor Cuomo stated that he had by no means propositioned anyone. Do you imagine that he was propositioning you?

CHARLOTTE BENNETT: Sure.

O’DONNELL: For what.

BENNETT: Intercourse.

O’DONNELL: Within the spring of 2020 New York was the epicenter of the COVID disaster.

BENNETT: The pandemic was clearly aggravating for all of us. And he was on TV almost daily speaking about it.

O’DONNELL: So, you assume all this nationwide consideration might have emboldened him?

BENNETT: Completely. I feel he felt like he was untouchable in numerous methods.

O’DONNELL: Bennett says their skilled relationship took a activate Could 15 when she alleges the Governor began asking her about her love life, after which grew to become fixated, repeating again and again her historical past as a sexual assault survivor.

BENNETT: So he goes, you had been raped. You had been raped. You had been raped and abused and assaulted.

O’DONNELL: One other key encounter occurred on June 5 when Bennett says she was known as into Cuomo’s workplace to take dictation and he instructed her to show off the tape recorder.

BENNETT: After which he explains at that time that he’s searching for a girlfriend, he’s lonely, he is drained.

O’DONNELL: You’ve got simply completed dictation and the Governor is telling you he is lonely, and searching for a relationship.

BENNETT: Sure. He requested if I had bother having fun with being with somebody due to my trauma.

O’DONNELL: This appeared extremely inappropriate.

BENNETT: Yeah, the Governor requested me if I used to be delicate to intimacy.

O’DONNELL: In his workplace.

BENNETT: Sure. In the course of the work day.

O’DONNELL: You might have been quoted as saying that he additionally requested you about in case you had ever been with an older man.

BENNETT: Yeah. He requested me if age distinction mattered. He additionally defined that he was tremendous with anybody over 22.

O’DONNELL: And the way outdated are you?

BENNETT: I’m 25.

O’DONNELL: What had been you pondering as he’s asking you these questions?

BENNETT: I believed he is making an attempt to sleep with me. The governor is making an attempt to sleep with me. And I’m deeply uncomfortable and I’ve to get out of this room as quickly as attainable.

O’DONNELL: And to be clear, what made you assume that he was making an attempt to sleep with you?

BENNETT: With out explicitly saying it, he implied to me that I used to be sufficiently old for him and he was lonely.

O’DONNELL: Textual content messages despatched by Bennett to a pal and reviewed by CBS Information memorialize her encounter with Cuomo instantly afterwards. Bennett tells her pal the governor, quote, “talked about age variations in relationships.” The pal who verified the messages requested, “wait, what? Did he do one thing?” Bennett responds, “no, nevertheless it was like probably the most specific it may very well be.”

How did you reply to these questions?

BENNETT: I responded actually. And once I was even pondering of coming ahead I feel that was the place I held probably the most disgrace. And that like I actually was uncomfortable.

O’DONNELL: Why did you’re feeling disgrace?

BENNETT: I really feel like folks put the onus on the girl to close that dialog down. And by answering I used to be present partaking in that, or enabling it, when the truth is I used to be simply terrified.

O’DONNELL: Folks will watch this and say why did not you stand up and depart.

BENNETT: I did not really feel like I had a selection.

O’DONNELL: He is your boss.

BENNETT: He’s my boss. He is everybody’s boss.

O’DONNELL: Governor Cuomo stated in a press release that what he stated might have, quote, been misinterpreted, did you misread him?

BENNETT: No, I understood him loud and clear. It simply did not go the way in which he deliberate.

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO (D-NY): I by no means knew on the time I used to be making anyone really feel uncomfortable.

O’DONNELL: Did you watch Governor Cuomo’s apology?

BENNETT: I did. It isn’t an apology. It’s not a problem of my emotions. It is a matter of his actions. The actual fact is that he was sexually harassing me and he has not apologized for sexually harassing me. And he can’t even use my title.

[Cuts back to live]

O’DONNELL: And we reached out to Governor Cuomo’s workplace to answer Charlotte Bennett’s claims, they directed us to the Governor’s apology yesterday, and requested folks to attend for outcomes of the state lawyer common’s investigation.

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