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Former Andrew Cuomo Executive Assistant Opens Up About Harassment Claims

“He explains at that point that he is looking for a girlfriend and that he is lonely and tired,” Bennett said.

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One of the women who came out and accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment this week, told CBS Evening News he made strong sexual advances towards her during a closed-door meeting in his office. 

Charlotte Bennett, a former executive assistant said the encounter took place following a press conference last spring.

“He explains at that point that he is looking for a girlfriend and that he is lonely and tired,” Bennett said. “He (Cuomo) asked if I had trouble enjoying being with someone because of my trauma. I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared.”

Bennett reportedly left the $55,000-a-year job in the Cuomo administration in November. Her lawyer told CBS that the allegations have derailed her career.

“The governor asked me if I was sensitive to intimacy,” she said. “He asked me if age difference mattered and then explained to me that he was fine with anyone over the age of 22.

Bennett said she was terrified and felt forced to answer the intimate questions and later felt shame when she thought about speaking out.

Cuomo apologized for his behavior in a televised news conference but said that he was not going to resign.

Bennett is one of three women to come out with accusations against the powerful Democrat.

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Kaitlan Collins Unbothered By Criticism After Donald Trump Town Hall

“I felt like I did the best job that I could do. I went into it fully prepared.”

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Kaitlan Collins is speaking candidly for the first time since she moderated at CNN town hall event with former President Donald Trump.

During an appearance on The Axe Files podcast with CNN colleague David Axelrod, Collins said she was mostly unbothered by the reception she received for her performance during the event.

“I think that I did the best job that I could do. I spent weeks preparing for that, watched past town halls, past debates, I did my homework,” Collins said after being asked about the “unflattering” coverage surrounding her performance. “And I think when you come out of something like that…people are entitled to their own reaction to it. And we certainly saw that.”

Axelrod then asked if she had felt any of the critiques were personal in nature and whether or not they were difficult to absorb.

“My question for me at the end of the day is: Do I think that I did the best job that I can do? And how do I feel about my performance in that? And I felt like I did the best job that I could do. I went into it fully prepared. I was prepared for how he was going to respond to that and what that was going to look like. And I think that was the best that I could do. My job was to press him on those really important issues that he hasn’t been pressed on.”

The Axe Files host also asked Collins about her reaction to Trump calling her a “nasty” person, which she said she was prepared for.

“Always to women. I mean, not that he doesn’t criticize men or give them unflattering nicknames,” Collins said. “I’m very well aware of what his reactions to tough questioning often are. And I think my job is to not be deterred by that. It is really important for any reporter, but especially if you’re covering Trump, to be unflappable in that way.”

Collins was the subject of much criticism for her performance in the event. Reaction was mostly mixed along party affiliation, with conservatives lambasting the combative nature she showed with the former President, while liberals pointed to the difficult position the 31-year-old was placed in by now former CNN CEO Chris Licht.

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Sean Hannity Hosting Sitdown With California Governor Gavin Newsom

Newsom has not appeared on Fox News for a long-form interview since 2010, when he was serving as the Mayor of San Francisco.

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Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity will present a sitdown interview with Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) next week.

The interview will take place at the Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento and will discuss topics like immigration, the economy, the 2024 presidential election, and the current state of democratic politics.

The announcement of Hannity’s interview with Newsom comes on the heels of the California governor announcing a proposed 28th Amendment. Newsom’s proposition is aimed at gun control, and would look to raise the minimum age of purchase to 21, mandate background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases, and would ban civilian purchases of assault weapons.

Newsom has not appeared on Fox News for a long-form interview since 2010, when he was serving as the Mayor of San Francisco.

Hannity’s sitdown interview will air on Monday, June 12th at 9:00 PM ET. On the same evening, CNN is scheduled to air a Republican town hall event with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. That program — moderated by Anderson Cooper — is slated to begin at 8:00 PM ET.

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Lester Holt: No Need to Reinvent the Wheel Moderating Presidential Debates

“It’s a big crowd on that stage, and you really are wanting them to reveal themselves.”

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As the prospective 2024 Republican presidential field continues to grow, media outlets have started preparations for how they will cover the nomination process. NBC News anchor Lester Holt says it’s easy to overcomplicate the process.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the NBC Nightly News anchor was asked about a report that the RNC was “impressed” by his pitch to moderate a debate featuring the prospective candidates. When asked how he would approach it, he argued the simpler the better.

“I probably wouldn’t reinvent the wheel. It’s a big crowd on that stage, and you really are wanting them to reveal themselves,” Holt said. “You have to let them kind of suss each other out and stake their game. But you know, those are always potential turning points in the direction of these elections.”

He was also asked about the run-up to the 2024 presidential election. Holt said there used to be some downtime in the race. However, he believes that simply doesn’t exist any longer.

“We used to think of this as the bye year, but there is no time off. We are into it. I always think the challenge in covering any election is to try to get the candidates to reveal themselves. And that’s really the most important thing,” the NBC Nightly News anchor shared.

“No matter what anyone else is saying around them, there will be those moments along the campaign trail that they’re going to define themselves. We want to be there to capture those moments.”

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