CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was hit with sexual misconduct allegations of his own after being terminated from the network on Saturday for downplaying his role in his older brother, former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s, sexual harassment scandal.
CNN upgraded Cuomo’s indefinite suspension on Tuesday to a full on axing a day later, after an “evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense” by an outside law firm.
New York state Attorney General Letitia James released documents on Tuesday that revealed Chris abused his connections to investigate one of his brother’s accusers and helped the former governor strategize how to shut down the sexual harassment scandal.
In a statement, the network detailed that “while in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” and despite his firing, they would continue to investigate what they uncovered, but a spokesperson declined to say what CNN discovered about the “Cuomo Prime Time” host.
Despite the network staying mum on the subject, The New York Times reported that the “additional information” is a sexual misconduct accusation against the younger Cuomo, which was brought to light when an employment lawyer representing the anonymous woman contacted CNN on Wednesday.
Debra Katz, the lawyer who represents both Chris’ accuser and Charlotte Bennett, who leveled sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Cuomo, said her newest client, a former “junior colleague” at a different network, came forward because she was “disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made against his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo.”
Katz purportedly revealed it was Chris Cuomo’s comment that he “cared very deeply about these issues, and profoundly so,” that provoked her client to speak up.
The former CNN host has not addressed the allegations, but issued a statement after being let go from the network.
“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,” he said on Saturday. “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot.”
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