Chris Cuomo: CNN dismisses anchor for helping ex-brother of New York governor who was the subject of sexual harassment complaints

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Chris Cuomo: CNN dismisses anchor for helping ex-brother of New York governor who was the subject of sexual harassment complaints


U.S. news network CNN fired presenter Chris Cuomo less than a week after new information emerged about how he helped his brother who was the subject of allegations of sexual harassment.

Cuomo helped strategize and contact other reporters like Andrew Cuomo, the former governor of New York, fought to keep his job.

After women showed up to charge the former governor with sexual harassment, Cuomo asked sources for information on the accusers and reported to governor’s staff what he learned.

He was actively involved in crafting their response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for State Attorney General Letitia James. His office discovered that Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.

The former governor resigned in August to avoid a likely impeachment trial.

CNN had suspended prime-time host Cuomo on Tuesday to investigate his conduct after it emerged he was more involved in helping his brother than previously known.

Lawyers for a law firm hired by CNN for the investigation have recommended that Cuomo be removed from his post.

CNN chief Jeff Zucker briefed the anchor on the decision on Saturday.

Cuomo posted in a statement on Twitter after losing his job: “This is not how I want my time at CNN to end, but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me now say as disappointing as it is, I couldn’t be more proud of the Cuomo Prime Time crew and the job we did as CNN’s # 1 show in the la more competitive.

“I owe them all and I will miss this special group of people who have done such an important job. “

CNN said “additional information” had “come to light” during its investigation. However, he would not discuss this information or determine if it had anything to do with his brother.

The network also said it would continue to investigate the conduct of its former presenter.

A year ago, Cuomo was a prominent figure on CNN, while his brother was a three-term governor praised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, they are now both out of work.

Cuomo and CNN have been under fire for months for their presenter’s conduct.

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Chris Cuomo was a respected CNN presenter

When it first emerged in May that the presenter had spoken to his brother’s advisers, the network admitted he had broken his rules but, as CNN said in a statement about his earlier suspension this week, “we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and work second.”

Transcripts released by Ms James this week revealed many more details of Cuomo’s involvement – the conduct CNN executives admitted came as a surprise even to them.

While Cuomo said he never tried to influence CNN’s own coverage of his brother, he told Ms James’ investigators about his calls to other reporters to find out what information they had on some of his accusers.

This appeared to conflict with a statement Cuomo aired on CNN following his brother’s resignation in August. Cuomo had said that “I never called the press about my brother’s situation.”

Cuomo also said he never “attacked or encouraged anyone to attack a woman who came forward” with charges against his brother.

According to email transcripts released this week, Cuomo wrote to assistants that “I have a lead” on one of the accusers, although it is unclear what he meant.

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