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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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Robert Costa Joins CBS News as Election, Campaign Reporter

Costa arrives from The Washington Post, where he’s been since 2014, reporting on the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. 

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This year is a midterm election year, and CBS News is beefing up its team to provide coverage as the network announced Robert Costa is coming on board as the new chief election & campaign correspondent. 

Costa arrives from The Washington Post, where he’s been since 2014, reporting on the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. 

In his new position, Costa will help deliver coverage of the 2022 midterm elections, the 2024 presidential election, and the evolving state of American democracy.

“Bob Costa is one of the best political reporters of his generation,” Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations, said. 

“From Peril and print to television and streaming, Costa’s fearless political reporting and unrivaled access to key decision-makers consistently stand out, bringing clarity and deep insight to readers and viewers everywhere. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the CBS News team.”

Costa’s first day with CBS News will be on Feb. 13, where he’ll work out of the network’s Washington bureau and report for CBS News’ broadcast, streaming, and digital platforms.

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WSAZ’s Tori Yorgey Struck by Car During Live Report

Yorgey stated that her “whole life just flashed before my eyes.”

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A WSAZ-TV had an eventful night in her final week to close out her tenure with the West Virginia television station. Tori Yorgey was on assignment giving her live weather report but was struck by a car before she could provide the information. 

Anchor Tim Irr stated in the video, “And now we’re starting to experience unfortunately in freeze-thaw we see this, water main breaks” before tossing it over to Yorgey to give her report. 

The vehicle struck Yorgey. However, she gets right back up.

“Oh my God, I just got hit by a car, but I’m okay. I just got hit by a car, but I’m ok, Tim,” Yorgey said. “I’m okay; we’re all good. I’m okay; yeah, that’s live tv for you; it’s all good. I actually got hit by a car in college like that too.”

The WSAZ-TV reporter would also comfort the driver, letting the women behind that wheel know that she’s okay and not seriously hurt. 

“I am so glad I’m ok, you’re ok, you’re ok. We’re all good. You know what? It’s a one-woman band. We’re good, Tim,” Yorgey said. “Ma’am, you are so sweet, and you are ok. It is all good. Oh, Lord. You know it’s my last week on the job, and I think this would happen specifically to me, Tim.”

“Were you bumped down low, Tori, or were you hit up high… I couldn’t really tell… I just saw you disappear out of the screen,” Irr asked Yorgey. 

As Yorgey gathered herself following the incident, she stated that her “whole life just flashed before my eyes.” Adding that, they “might need to move the camera over a bit,” Yorgey said.

“Tori’s in an area right now where there has been a water main break,” Irr explained to viewers.

Furthermore, Irr went on Twitter to further explain the situation. Some might think Irr had zero concern for his colleague, but he explained that those at the station were only receiving the audio. 

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PBS Film Spotlights Rise in Hate, Violence Towards AAPI

“One Day in March” debuts nationwide in May on PBS. 

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PBS will be airing a documentary that will focus on the rise in hate and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

“One Day in March” tracks the aftermath of the 2021 mass shooting in Atlanta where a 21-year-old white man killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three separate spa sites.

“The tragedy of the Atlanta shootings and the events of the past two years has compelled a deep reflection within the community about our place in the American polity,” Directed by Titi Yu said in a statement

It has galvanized the Asian American community to speak up and speak out.”

The one-hour film also highlights how anger felt following this attack, and others have turned into action and activism. Furthermore, the documentary is part of a public media reporting endeavor, “Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism, and Extremism,” examining hate crimes in America and internationally.

“We watched in horror and shock as vicious attacks on Asian Americans were caught on camera, and we saw how this violence escalated to the killing of six women of Asian descent in the Atlanta shooting,” said Gina Kim, executive producer of “One Day in March.” 

“With this documentary, we hope to examine this troubling escalation of racism against the AAPI community, pay respect to the lives lost and impacted by the violence, and champion those coming together to fight against the hate.”

One Day in March debuts nationwide in May on PBS. 

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