Within the weirdest harassment declare but to floor towards Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the lawyer for accuser Charlotte Bennett now says he demanded that the then-aide study the lyrics to “Danny Boy” and sing it to senior staffers.
The accusation by Bennett — one in all seven girls accusing the governor of inappropriate conduct — was first reported by CBS Information in New York.
“It’s a weird request, however he says, ‘I would like you to memorize these lyrics,’” so she might sing it for members of senior workers, Bennett legal professional Debra Katz advised the station Friday.
Bennett refused, the lawyer stated.
“She says, ‘I don’t need to sing ‘Danny Boy.”
However the governor persevered in his odd ask, Katz stated.
“He says, ‘Sing ‘Danny Boy,”” Katz stated.
The request so clearly unsettled Bennett, that Cuomo’s loyalist prime aide, Melissa DeRosa, interceded.
“At that time, Melissa DeRosa says, ‘You’re hazing her.’
“The governor then begins booming the track ‘Danny Boy’ and he’s singing himself and saying, ‘Sing with me,’” Katz stated.
Bennett — the second former aide to step ahead with harassment claims — stated final month that Cuomo requested her inappropriate questions on her intercourse life, together with when she’d final been “hugged” and whether or not or not she sleeps with older males.
She additionally stated the governor requested her to “discover him a girlfriend.” Bennett stated Cuomo by no means made a bodily advance; nonetheless, “I understood that the governor needed to sleep with me, and I felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” she advised The New York Occasions.
Katz advised the native station Legal professional Basic Letitia James’ workplace has already contacted 12 witnesses offered by her shopper as they examine Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment.
On Monday, Katz accused Cuomo of utilizing “in-house attorneys” to meddle with the unbiased investigation.