Gov. Andrew Cuomo had someone else take his mandatory workplace sex harassment training course for him — then signed off on it as if he’d taken it himself, accuser Charlotte Bennett says in a bombshell new interview aired Friday night.
“In 2019, he did not take the sexual harassment training,” the 25-year-old alleges in the interview on “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell.”
“How do you know that?” O’Donnell asks.
“I was there,” Bennett, who worked for him at the time, answers.
“I heard Stephanie, say, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this for you,’” Bennett recalls –referring to office director Stephanie Benton.
“I’m making a joke about the fact that she was completing the training for him,” Bennett recalls.
“And then I heard her at the end ask him to sign the certificate,” Bennett said.
Bennett’s explosive claim that the governor had an aide complete his sex-harassment training for him directly contradicts what he said on Wednesday.
When asked by a reporter if he had taken the mandatory training, Cuomo simply said, “The short answer is yes.”
Benton, meanwhile, “categorically denies the exchange,” according to a statement from the governor’s office that added, “this is not true,” CBS reported.
Also in the interview, Bennett said the governor tasked her with “finding” him a girlfriend — then impatiently asked a day later if she had done so, a revelation teased in previews earlier Friday.