One of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s accusers claims he “ made her memorize the words of the Danny Boy song ” and wanted her to sing it to top aides in a bizarre ‘hazing’ incident.
Charlotte Bennett’s attorney, who was Cuomo’s second plaintiff, came forward with the new allegation WLNYIn February, Bennett had claimed that Cuomo had asked her about her sex life and complained to her that she was lonely.
Debra Katz, Bennett’s attorney, told the outlet that Cuomo asked Bennett, 25, to learn the lyrics and ask her to sing it for his senior staff, including Melissa DeRosa – who told the governor that he was his young health policy advisor. outgrew.
Charlotte Bennett’s attorney, who was Cuomo’s second plaintiff, came forward with the new allegation
Government prosecutor Andrew Cuomo claims he ‘made her remember the words of Danny Boy song’ and wanted her to sing it to top assistants in bizarre ‘hazing’ incident
Stephanie Benton, director of the governor’s offices, also reportedly witnessed the bizarre request, Bloomberg reported.
“It’s a bizarre request, but he says,” I want you to memorize these lyrics, “Katz told WLNY.
She says, ‘I don’t want to sing’ Danny Boy ‘. He says, “Sing” Danny Boy, “Katz said.
DeRosa, 38, got in and said, “You outgrow her,” Katz told the outlet.
‘The governor then starts droning the song’ Danny Boy ‘and he sings himself and says,’ Sing with me, ‘”Katz said.
DeRosa, the governor’s secretary and member of his inner circle, has repeatedly defended Cuomo, as noted by Bloomberg.
“We’ve seen more women rise to the top tier,” she said on March 3, after Cuomo’s first three prosecutors came forward. “I don’t think this will fix that.”
DeRosa is also mentioned in accounts by at least one other of its accusers, according to the outlet. However, she has continued to defend her boss during an investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
“I would ask everyone to decline judgment until the attorney general is allowed to do her job,” DeRosa said.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of proposing her to his office in June
Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo assistant, came out in December with allegations against him – she continued her experience in a February post on Medium
Alyssa McGrath said Cuomo was ogling her body, calling her and her co-workers ‘mingled mommies’ and asking about her lack of a wedding ring and calling her beautiful in Italian.
Karen Hinton (left), a press officer, and Jessica Bakeman accused Cuomo of improper actions
James has made significant strides in her investigation of Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment, WLNY reported. Katz said James has already contacted 12 of Bennett’s witnesses.
Cuomo’s first prosecutor, 36-year-old Lindsey Boylan, also named DeRosa on Feb. 24 blog post accusing Cuomo of kissing her and asking her to play strip poker.
“It was all so normalized – especially by Melissa DeRosa and other top women around him – that I only now realize how insidious his abuse was,” Boylan wrote.
Since Boylan and Bennett made their allegations, at least six other women have alleged that Cuomo engaged in inappropriate behavior.
Anna Ruch, the third prosecutor, came forward in early March, claiming that Cuomo put his hands on her bare back and asked if he could kiss her at a wedding reception in September 2019.
The fourth prosecutor, Ana Liss, was Cuomo’s policy and operations adviser from 2013 to 2015. She claimed that Cuomo called her “sweetheart” and kissed her on the hand.
On the same day that Liss came forward as an alleged victim, Karen Hinton – a former Cuomo press official – claimed he was physically “ aroused ” when he reportedly hugged her more than two decades ago and became his fifth accuser.
The seventh prosecutor, Jessica Bakeman, previously worked for Politico New York and claimed that Cuomo took her hand and did not let go after shaking him, and in another incident put his arm around her shoulder while telling stories to her colleagues.
Eighth prosecutor Alyssa McGrath, 33, said Cuomo was ogling at her body, calling her and her co-workers “ mingled moms, ” and asking about her lack of a wedding ring.
The governor has said he “never touched anyone inappropriately” and “never made improper progress,” but has apologized for making someone feel “uncomfortable.”