- Chris Cuomo was actively in touch with a top aide of his brother Andrew Cuomo about incoming reports detailing alleged sexual assault by the then-New York governor, new records show.
- Chris Cuomo also lobbied for the governor’s office to help as it sought to weather a storm of accusations, and he set out the statements for the then-governor’s use.
- Three days after the New York Times reported in March about how Andrew Cuomo attempted to kiss Anna Ruch, a woman at a wedding, Chris Cuomo wrote to DeRosa: “I have a lead on a wedding girl.”
According to documents released Monday by the New York Attorney General’s office, CNN host Chris Cuomo used his media sources to seek information about women who accused his brother Andrew Cuomo of sexual assault.
While Chris Cuomo has previously admitted to advising his brother and his team on the response to the scandals, records show that his role in helping the then governor was much larger and more intimate than previously thought.
Chris Cuomo was actively in contact with Melissa DeRosa, the then-governor’s top aide, about incoming media reports that detailed alleged sexual harassment by Andrew Cuomo. Display From the Attorney General’s investigation and his transcript Interview with state investigators. He also lobbied to help the governor’s office as it sought to weather a storm of accusations, and he laid down the statements for the then-governor’s use.
“Please let me help you prepare,” Chris Cuomo told DeRosa in a message in early March. Then, three days after the New York Times Reporting in March how Andrew Cuomo attempted to kiss a woman, Anna Ruch, in an unwanted advance at a wedding, Chris Cuomo wrote to DeRosa: “I have a lead on a wedding girl.”
Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, resigned in August after state Attorney General Letitia James, now running for governor herself, released her report on alleged misconduct. Andrew Cuomo continues to deny wrongdoing. Chris Cuomo have said before That he was not his brother’s official adviser, but acknowledged that he had advised him and that he was one of those who encouraged the governor to step down.
A CNN spokeswoman did not return an email seeking comment.
Chris Cuomo told investigators that he described as a “source” about the various allegations against his brother described in at least one news article, according to the record. He also said that he spoke to his sources about the stories yet to be published from media outlets.
Cuomo told investigators, “I wanted to — when asked, I’d reach out to other journalists’ sources to see if they had heard of anyone else coming out.”
Chris Cuomo gave investigators the name of the source who spoke to him about the interest, but the attorney general’s office chose to modify the person’s name.
“And so you heard from someone some information about Anna Ruch. Who is the person from whom you heard the information?” Investigators asked Chris Cuomo, according to the transcript. “One source,” said Chris Cuomo.
He said he was called by someone who knew the bride’s family, and one of his sources explained that “he was probably hired for this.” It is not clear whether Cuomo was referring to Ruch or someone else. No further details of that incident were included in the transcript. A lawyer for DeRosa did not respond to a request for comment. Ruch could not be reached.
Chris Cuomo, 51, also guided DeRosa on writing the statement for his older brother, who will turn 64 next week.
On March 12, Chris Cuomo sent DeRosa a text message with a full written statement for the governor.
“I will not resign, I cannot resign,” the statement read in the text. “I understand the political pressure. I understand the stakes of political warfare, and that is it … and I understand the conformity that can be forced by a canceled culture,” it also says.
A text message sent by DeRosa to Cuomo on March 9 shows a possible statement by his office about the attorney general’s investigation. Cuomo responded with “the last defeat” as his suggestion for the statement.
In the message, Chris Cuomo suggests to investigators that he meant to encourage DeRosa to remove the last line of the proposed statement, which read, “The governor’s previous statement that he never touched anyone inappropriately.”
“Well, either you’re telling us the truth or you’re not telling us the truth. And to me, it sounds like political speaking, you know, like, media speaks. And I don’t think that’s the right way.” have to behave in those situations,” the CNN anchor told investigators about his reasoning for the change in the statement.
Also in March, DeRosa texted Chris Cuomo: “There are rumors of 1-2 more ppl coming tomorrow from Politico. Can you check your sources?” The CNN primetime host replied: “On it.” She later texted him: “No one has heard yet.”
DeRosa and Chris Cuomo also discuss the story yet to be published in March New Yorker investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, The article ran on March 18.
Earlier, DeRosa asked Chris Cuomo to check with his sources regarding Farrow Peace. Records do not show a direct response to Chris Cuomo agreeing to investigate from his sources. But on March 14, four days after the story was published, he wrote to DeRosa: “It’s a great sign if Ronan has nothing better than Boylan.”
“Did you get any more information?” Derosa asked him a day later. “The story isn’t ready for tomorrow,” Chris Cuomo replied that day.
Cuomo told investigators he spoke with “another journalist” about the soon-to-be-released Farrow story. Although he said he didn’t call Farrow about it, he said his efforts to talk to a fellow journalist about an upcoming story were “business as usual.”
Lindsay Boylan, a former Andrew Cuomo colleague, was the focal point of Farrow’s story. Among several other allegations, Boylan said the governor told him, “Let’s play strip poker,” while on a private plane.