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By Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – A one-time aide to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday filed a lawsuit towards him in federal courtroom alleging a sample of sexual harassment whereas she labored in his workplace.
The previous aide, Charlotte Bennett, accused Cuomo of subjecting her to “vital, sex-based feedback and humiliating assignments.” She demanded a trial by jury. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing. He has mentioned his accusers misinterpreted his phrases, gestures and demeanor.
“The governor has at all times mentioned he did not harass anybody, and with every day that goes by increasingly data is uncovered displaying how proof favorable to the governor was suppressed and essential details ignored or omitted that undermined witness credibility,” Cuomo’s lawyer Rita Glavin mentioned on Wednesday.
Cuomo, a Democrat, resigned in August final yr after an unbiased investigation initiated by New York Legal professional Normal Letitia James concluded that he sexually harassed 11 ladies. He was in his third time period as governor.
The submitting, in U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York, additionally named three of Cuomo’s former prime aides. It accused the previous New York governor of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation in violation of legal guidelines.
The go well with alleged that Cuomo requested Bennett questions on her intercourse life whereas they have been alone in his State Capitol workplace starting in June 2020. Bennett had informed investigators final yr the previous governor made a number of inappropriate feedback to her in 2020.
In January, a fifth New York prosecutor declined legal prices towards Cuomo associated to sexual harassment claims that led to his resignation, saying he had no authorized foundation to pursue a case.
“My profession as a public servant was abruptly lower brief due to Governor Cuomo’s and his prime aides’ sexual harassment and retaliation towards me after I complained about Governor Cuomo’s misconduct,” Bennett mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.
Cuomo on Tuesday filed a criticism with an lawyer grievance committee alleging the New York lawyer normal displayed skilled misconduct in her investigation into sexual harassment claims towards him. James’ workplace mentioned the officers concerned within the probe held “themselves to the very best moral requirements.”