‘These stories are hard to read’- Hillary Clinton breaks silence to support investigation into multiple allegations of sexual assault against New York governor Andrew Cuomo
Former US presidential aspirant and top Democrat, Hillary Clinton has broken her silence to support and investigation into recent multiple claims of sexual assault leveled against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
On Saturday a former Cuomo staffer, Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old, claimed Cuomo talked about his willingness to have relationships with women in their 20s.
Before Bennett’s allegation surfaced, Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan published a blog post accusing the governor of unwanted touching and kissing.
Boylan accused the governor of going “out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs,” kissing her while they were alone in his office, and suggesting that they “play strip poker” during a plane ride.
Cuomo’s office has denied Boylan’s harassment claims and said he never made inappropriate advances towards Bennett.
Despite the accusations, Clinton and other prominent female Democrats — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Vice President Kamala Harris refrained from publicly commenting on the issue.
However, on Monday, March 1, Clinton said Cuomo’s accusers deserve answers.
‘These stories are difficult to read, and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions,’ Clinton said.
“These stories are difficult to read, and the allegations brought forth raise serious questions that the women who have come forward and all New Yorkers deserve answers to,” she said in a statement.
“I’m glad to see that there will be a full, independent, and thorough investigation.”
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that Cuomo’s office had sent her a letter allowing her to conduct an independent investigation.