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New York's attorney general is launching an investigation after two former aides accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct. Jericka Duncan has the latest.
NORAH O'DONNELL: And now to those new sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Tonight the state attorney general is launching an investigation after two former aides accused the governor of misconduct. Cuomo says he's sorry if things he said were misinterpreted, but tonight one of the women says that's not enough. Here's CBS's Jericka Duncan.
JERICKA DUNCAN: Late this afternoon, Charlotte Bennett, the second woman to accuse New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, said in a statement that "The Governor has refused to acknowledge or take responsibility for his predatory behavior." The 25-year-old former executive assistant to the governor claimed Cuomo asked if "She was romantically involved, whether she was monogamous in her relationships, and if she had ever had sex with older men."
Cuomo attempted to apologize in a statement Sunday, saying, "I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal. Some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry."
BILL DE BLASIO: That's not an apology.
JERICKA DUNCAN: Today New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in supporting an independent investigation.
BILL DE BLASIO: He seemed to be saying, oh, it's just kidding around. You know, sexual harassment is not funny.
JERICKA DUNCAN: The latest accusations come after another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, accused Cuomo in a blog post of sexually harassing her, and creating a hostile work environment. State Senator Alessandra Biaggi worked in the governor's office in 2017.
ALESSANDRA BIAGGI: When a governor of a state asks a young staffer who was 25-years-old if she has sex with older men, or if she has sex outside of her relationship, that is not only inappropriate, it is abusive.
JERICKA DUNCAN: Governor Cuomo denies allegations of sexual harassment, but keep in mind, federal investigators are looking into whether or not his office lied about COVID related deaths in some nursing homes in New York. Norah?
NORAH O'DONNELL: Jericka Duncan, thank you.