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Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor who came forward with sexual assault allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last week, has responded on Twitter after yet another former Cuomo aide shared her story on Saturday, making similar allegations against the governor.

Boylan published an essay on Medium on Wednesday with detailed allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Cuomo, from 2016 through 2018.

On Saturday, the New York Times published a bombshell story of a second former aide stepping forward, Charlotte Bennett, who said the governor had asked her inappropriate questions about her personal life, including whether she was romantically involved, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and whether she had ever had sex with older men.

Bennett’s exchanges allegedly occurred from early 2019 through 2020. She resigned in the fall of 2020 and moved out of state.

Just minutes after Bennett’s story came out, Boylan tweeted, “You are not going to derail or destroy any more lives @NYGovCuomo.”

In a message directly to Charlotte Bennett, Boylan wrote, “I am with you Charlotte. We are with you. Always.”

“I am so proud of you Charlotte,” she added.

Cuomo released a statement proclaiming his innocence regarding Bennett’s story, saying, “I was trying to be a mentor to her. I never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.”

Cuomo then declared he was ordering an “investigation” into the matter.

“This situation cannot and should not be resolved in the press; I believe the best way to get to the truth is through a full and thorough outside review and I am directly all state employees to comply with that effort. I ask all New Yorkers to await the findings of the review so that they know the facts before making any judgements. I will have no further comment until the review has concluded,” Cuomo said in his statement.

Boylan responded to that, tweeting, “The man who tried to destroy many, including me, in the press now thinks it’s unfair to judge him in the press.”

“Make sure that when an investigation happens, it about investigating the perpetrator not the victims,” she added.

“Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t understand the concept of mentorship if it punched him in the face. He grooms women to feel like they have no way out. That’s the training he does. I’ll have more to say tomorrow,” Boylan tweeted Saturday evening.

Sunday morning she added, “Like a true abuser, @NYGovCuomo continues to work behind the scenes to undermine the truth and to harm his many victims. His abuse of power never ends. He does not get to choose his judge and jury. We do. And what is abundantly clear to me is the governor should resign. And if he does not resign, he should be removed from office. Not one more victim. Not one more life destroyed.”

Below is Boylan’s original announcement, as she shared a link to her story last Wednesday, and tweeted, “Today I am telling my story. I never planned to share the details of my experience working in the Cuomo administration, but I am doing so now in hopes that it may make it easier for others to speak their own truth.”

Not having come forward yet herself, Bennett responded to Boylan’s essay on Wednesday, saying in a Twitter post, “For those wondering what it’s like to work for the Cuomo admin, read @LindseyBoylan’s story.”

“I am grateful for the support I’ve received since telling my story – not just from people in New York but across the country. When we show up & support victims, we make it easier for others to come forward. Only by shining a light on this kind of abuse will we be able to end it,” Boylan said on Friday.

Saturday night, the New York Times posted Bennett’s story:

BREAKING: Second former aide comes forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment

BREAKING: Gov. Cuomo accused of sexual harassment by former aide in bombshell essay

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3 COMMENTS

  1. As a 60 plus year man, if you’re going to mentor a 25-year old young woman working on your staff, you don’t ask her about her sexual experiences but you stay above board in an ethical and professional manner in accordance with the expected integrity of the Governor’s office. Cuomo was hoping to see a sign of moral weakness from Ms. Bennett but she stood her ground against the pervert and totally rebuffed his true intentions. Good for her!

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