Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Psaki did not answer directly on Sunday when asked whether Biden believes either Bennett’s or Cuomo’s account, but said the president “has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard.”
“Charlotte should be treated with respect and dignity. So should Lindsey,” Psaki said. “And there should be an independent review looking into these allegations. And that’s certainly something [Biden] supports and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible.”
Pressed further by host Dana Bash on whether Biden believes the “essence” of the allegations against Cuomo are real, Psaki replied: “Of course, Dana. He believes — that’s why I said — he believes that every woman who comes forward should be treated with dignity and respect.”
Psaki described the accusations by Boylan and Bennett as “serious,” and said specifically of Bennett’s account to the Times: “It was hard to read that story, as a woman.”
Cuomo has denied Boylan’s claims, and he told the Times in a statement that he “never made advances” toward Bennett or intended “to act in any way that was inappropriate.” He also said he had requested an independent review of the allegations.
The sexual harassment accusations come as Cuomo remains embroiled in a scandal related to his administration’s undercounting of nursing home deaths in New York due to the coronavirus.