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Charlotte Bennett: Cuomo had female office director take sexual harassment training for him

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “Charlotte Bennett: Cuomo had female office director take sexual harassment training for him”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

On Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo finally reappeared at a press conference after a week long absence. After 20 minutes of talking about COVID, Cuomo made a statement about the sexual harassment allegations against him. He was asked later during a Q&A to whom he was apologizing. Cuomo replied he was directing his comments to the “young woman who worked here who said that I made her feel uncomfortable in the workplace.” In other words, to Charlotte Bennett.

Moments later, Cuomo was asked by another reporter if he’d taken the same sexual harassment training that other state employees are required to take. He replied, “The short answer is yes.” But according to Charlotte Bennett, that’s not true. In a segment of the CBS News interview with Bennet that aired tonight, she claims she overheard Cuomo’s office director Stephanie Benton complaining about having to take the training for the governor.

“In 2019, he did not take the sexual harassment training,” Bennett told “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell. “I was there. I heard [the office director] say, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this for you’ and making a joke about the fact that she was completing the training for him. And then I heard her at the end ask him to sign the certificate.”

Stephanie Benton, Cuomo’s office director, “categorically denies the exchange,” according to a statement from the governor’s office that added, “this is not true.”

“Some state employees take an online course; for Executive Chamber Senior Staff, the training takes the form of personal review of documentation,” Beth Garvey, special counsel to the governor, told CBS News. “The Governor did this review of the mandated material and completed the training.”

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