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By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – The second of three girls who’ve accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct rejected his public apology on Thursday, a response more likely to ratchet up strain on the embattled Democrat.

Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former aide to Cuomo who has mentioned the governor questioned her about her intercourse life with what she took as sexual overtones, made her feedback in an interview broadcast by CBS Information.

“It isn’t an apology. It isn’t a problem of my emotions. It is a problem of his actions. The very fact is that he was sexually harassing me and he has not apologized for sexually harassing me and he cannot even use my title,” Bennett mentioned.

Three girls together with Bennett have come ahead to accuse Cuomo, 63, of sexually harassing them or making inappropriate remarks. He has denied any misconduct and pledged to cooperate with a evaluation by the state’s lawyer basic.

On Wednesday he provided a prolonged and typically emotional public apology, saying: “I really feel terrible about it and albeit I’m embarrassed by it.”

Lindsey Boylan, a 36-year-old former Cuomo aide who first spoke out in December, has mentioned the undesirable advances from the governor included an unsolicited kiss on the lips.

Boylan, a candidate for Manhattan borough president, additionally dismissed the governor’s apology. “How can New Yorkers belief you @NYGovCuomo to guide our state should you “do not know” once you’ve been inappropriate with your individual employees?” she wrote on Twitter.

The governor, who has rejected requires his resignation which have come even from outstanding Democratic state lawmakers, has additionally battled in latest weeks to reply to accusations that his administration sought to downplay the variety of nursing house residents killed by COVID-19.

Bennett, a former government assistant and well being coverage adviser, advised the New York Occasions in February that Cuomo peppered her with questions on her romantic life final 12 months in what she seen as an effort to have intercourse along with her.

A 3rd lady has advised the New York Occasions that the governor made undesirable advances and bodily contact after assembly her at a marriage in 2019.

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