Transcript for 2nd woman accuses New York governor of sexual harassment
Now to New York governor Andrew Cuomo under fire as a second former staffer comes forward accusing him of sexual harassment. Governor Cuomo is facing and investigation by the state attorney general's office. Stephanie Ramos is in Albany, New York, with the latest on all of this. Good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: Robin, good morning. The second woman to come forward accusing New York governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment says when the incidents happened she reported it to his administration and was then transferred to the other side of the state capitol building which is behind me but she says that distance just wasn't enough. This morning, New York governor Andrew Cuomo faces a deepening crisis. The state attorney general promising a rigorous investigation into sexual harassment claims against the governor while some of Cuomo's fellow Democrats are calling for him to step down. I know that there is a pattern of abuse and manipulative behavior from him and I believe it is time for him to resign. Reporter: Charlotte Bennett telling "The New York Times" the governor sexually harassed her last spring. She alleged the governor asked her direct questions about her sex life, whether or not she was monogamous in her relationship, whether she had slept with an older man. Reporter: The governor never got physical with her according to Bennett but allegedly told her that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s. I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and was scared. She was transferred to another department, eventually leaving the administration altogether in November. The 63-year-old governor denied these allegations releasing a statement Sunday that said, at work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny, I do on occasion tease people in what I think is a good-natured way. I do it in public and in private. Cuomo adding, I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that. Bennett's accusations coming after another former aide to Cuomo, Lindsey Boylan, detailed allegations of sexual harassment in a lengthy essay including an unwanted kiss, something Cuomo denied in December. The governor initially announcing plans to name his own investigator, a move that drew immediate criticism. Now he's formally referred the case to attorney general Letitia James. The decision enables an investigation with subpoena power for her office. We have to keep politics out of this, get what actually did or did not happen. Reporter: All of this comes as the governor's coronavirus task force is already under federal investigation for the alleged underreporting of deaths in nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic. Michael. Thank you, Stephanie.
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