CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother Andrew in sexual harassment scandal

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FILE – New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is seen during a news conference about COVID-19 at the State Capitol on December 3, 2020 in Albany, NY, and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo attends the 12th annual CNN Heroes : An All-Star Tribute on December 9, 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.The Associated Press

CNN suspended anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely on Tuesday after details emerged about helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, to face sexual assault charges earlier this year.

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The network said documents released Monday by New York’s attorney general indicate that Cuomo has been more involved in his brother’s efforts than CNN officials.

“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the network said.

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The CNN anchor pressed sources for information on her brother’s allegations and reports back to the governor’s staff, and her testimony on the allegations, according to emails and a transcript of her testimony to investigators working for State Attorney General Letitia James. Was proactive in helping to prepare the response. Her office found that Andrew Cuomo sexually assaulted at least 11 women.

When the governor faced allegations of harassment, Chris Cuomo admitted to having previously spoken to and mentored his brother. But information released on Monday revealed more details about what Chris Cuomo actually did. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid a possible impeachment trial.

According to the Nielsen Company, Cuomo’s program, which airs on weekends at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, averaged 1.3 million viewers, surpassing Anderson Cooper as CNN’s most popular show. Like many cable newscasts, viewership dropped drastically during the election year.

Cuomo appeared on his program Monday night, in which he talked about COVID-19 and politics, without mentioning his own issues.

There was no immediate response to a request for comment sent to Cuomo and the attorney representing him during this summer’s testimony.

During the first two months of the pandemic, Cuomo interviewed his brother several times on the air. It was a hit with viewers, although it violated CNN’s policy not to report Cuomo on his brother, and was a programming choice that has deteriorated over time and additional revelations.

Chris Cuomo often consulted with his brother’s aides when Andrew was fighting the charges last May, sometimes disagreeing with his advice.

Cuomo testified to investigators in the attorney general’s office last July, “It’s my brother, and I’m trying to help my brother in a situation where he told me he didn’t do anything wrong. “

He has said that he did nothing to affect his network’s coverage of the story.

Cuomo also said that he reached out to other journalists to find out if they were writing stories about his brother, specifically information about what The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow was writing. were asking. He admitted that he did not tell CNN that he was doing so, and that he did not describe his actions as anything out of the ordinary for a journalist.

Critics have called on CNN to take action following the attorney general’s release, with The Atlantic’s David A. Graham saying Cuomo should resign — or be fired by CNN if he doesn’t.

After The Washington Post first disclosed last May that Cuomo had consulted with his brother’s aides, CNN issued a statement saying his actions were unfair, but that it did not discipline him.

Cuomo, a lawyer, is 13 years younger than Andrew Cuomo, whom she describes as her best friend. He is the son of former New York Govt. Mario Cuomo, who was in office from 1982 to 1996.

He worked at ABC News for several years, joining CNN in 2013 as a co-host of the network’s morning show.

A veteran TV executive, Shelley Ross, wrote a column for The New York Times in September saying that Cuomo groped her at a party 16 years ago. Cuomo told the newspaper that “I apologized to him then, and I meant it.”

This material appears to have been provided by the original wire service to The Granthshala. It has not been edited by Granthshala staff.

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