Anchor Chris Cuomo was fired from his prime time job at CNN over the weekend after more information about the extent to which he had helped his brother, disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, craft his response to numerous sexual harassment allegations.
This came as a law firm informed The New York Times that they had a client that had their own allegations of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo himself.
Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor earlier this year following the release of a report from the state Attorney General’s office which concluded he had committed criminal sexual misconduct after a number of former staffers accused him of unwanted touching, groping, and suggestive comments.
Chris Cuomo came under fire more than once over the role he played helping his governor brother to respond to the initial allegations.
He admitted his role to a certain extent on air and stated that he would no longer be covering his brother’s sex scandal as a result.
However, new information came to light last week revealing a more extensive role in the governor’s response than had previously been known, including efforts he made to learn about pending stories about the accusations made against Andrew Cuomo at other outlets.
Chris Cuomo was suspended on Thursday, and on Wednesday, New York employment attorney Debra S. Katz was contacted by a former junior employee of another network that the anchor had been employed at alleging sexual misconduct that was unrelated to Andrew Cuomo.
Katz also represents one of the former governor’s accusers.
It is unclear if the allegations made against the younger Cuomo had any bearing on CNN’s decision to fire their #1 anchor, but acknowledged in a statement that in light of the claims, they saw “no reason” not to continue with a termination.
“Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate. When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement.
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