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Former Cuomo Aide Charlotte Bennett Discusses Sexual Harassment Allegations With Norah O'Donnell

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former aide Charlotte Bennett spoke to CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell about her allegations against the governor.

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AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Now one of the three women, Cuomo's former aide Charlotte Bennett, is now sharing her story.

MAURICE DUBOIS: She sat down for her first television interview and spoke exclusively with CBS News evening anchor Norah O'Donnell.

NORAH O'DONNELL: What were you thinking as he's asking you these questions?

CHARLOTTE BENNETT: I thought, he's trying to sleep with me, the governor's trying to sleep with me, and I'm deeply uncomfortable, and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible.

NORAH O'DONNELL: What made you think that he was trying to sleep with you?

CHARLOTTE BENNETT: Without explicitly saying it, he implied to me that I was old enough for him and he was lonely.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: Now Governor Cuomo apologized for, in his words, making anyone feel uncomfortable and says, quote, "He never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone." And Norah joins us now. Norah, good evening to you. What does Charlotte Bennett want to see happen here to the governor?

NORAH O'DONNELL: Well, good evening, Maurice. Yeah, Charlotte Bennett was his former executive assistant and senior briefer. She says, she wants the governor to start telling the truth, in her words. She says, New York deserves a governor who treats people with respect. She is speaking out for the first time with us in this television interview, because she says Governor Cuomo is, in her words, a textbook abuser.

She describes the workplace atmosphere, the culture in the administration as toxic, in her words. I pushed back and said, look, the governor says he apologized yesterday. He said that he never propositioned anyone. And she says, she believes that the governor was propositioning her for sex. She even uses the words, like, that she was groomed for this relationship.

And so in detail, in a way that we haven't heard ever before, and you'll hear more of it tonight on the CBS Evening news, she details step by step what happened in several of these encounters with the governor when they were alone. The types of questions he asked her, the questions about her personal life, her sex life, her preferences, her past sexual history-- all of those which she said not only made her uncomfortable, but, in her words and in her attorney's words, they believe is harassment and, in her attorney's words, is predatory behavior.

AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS: OK. A lot there to see tonight at 6:30. We'll all be watching. And yes, you can see Norah O'Donnell's exclusive interview with Charlotte Bennett tonight on the CBS Evening news, beginning at 6:30, right here on CBS 2.