- CNN suspended host Chris Cuomo indefinitely after documents revealed that his damage-control work for his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the sexual assault scandal, was much more complicated than previously known .
- “The New York Attorney General’s office on Monday released transcripts and exhibits that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense,” the news network said.
- The suspension came after New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a detailed explanation of how the former governor’s brother advised him.
- The move came within hours of a demand that CNN have Chris Cuomo sacked by Charlotte Bennett, a former Gov. Cuomo aide who was one of nearly a dozen women accused of sexual assault.
CNN said Tuesday that it indefinitely suspended host Chris Cuomo after documents revealed that his damage-control work during the sexual assault scandal for his brother, then-New York Gov. I was much more complicated.
“The New York Attorney General’s office on Monday released transcripts and exhibits that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense,” a CNN spokesperson said in an email to Businesshala. “The documents, which we were not confidential prior to their public release, raise serious questions.”
“When Chris admitted to us that he gave advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged it publicly,” she said.
“But we also appreciated his unique position and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, these documents point to him being more involved in his brother’s efforts than ever before. As a result, We have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
The move came within hours of a demand that CNN have Chris Cuomo sacked by Charlotte Bennett, a former Gov. Cuomo aide who was one of nearly a dozen women accused of sexual assault.
Bennett said that Chris Cuomo had tried to defame him and other accusers against his brother.
“Anything less than firing Chris Cuomo reflects a network lacking ethics and backbone, stating that his behavior is reprehensible, unprofessional and unforgivable,” Bennett wrote in a tweet.
“Does CNN stand by journalistic integrity, or will it simply excuse its actions because Chris Cuomo runs the ratings?”
On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James, who launched an investigation into Andrew Cuomo earlier this year after several women accused him of sexual misconduct, released documents relating to Chris Cuomo, who killed his brother and governor. Advised its employees on how to deal with the increasing number of claims.
Andrew Cuomo denied wrongdoing, but resigned in August, a week after James released the investigation’s damaging findings.
In newly released documents, Chris Cuomo told investigators that he neither sought to find any information intended to offend the accusers of his brother, nor was he informed of “any opposition research” by the governor’s staff. Knew”.
But documents elsewhere indicate that Chris Cuomo sent a tweet to his brother’s counselors referencing a college complaint that involved Bennett.
And the docs show that in March, a few days later the new York Times After reports that Andrew Cuomo attempted to kiss a woman named Anna Ruch in an unwanted advance at a wedding, Chris Cuomo wrote to top Gov. Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa with the message: “I have one on a wedding girl. Lead.”
“Yesterday, we learned how far Chris Cuomo was willing to go to denigrate, silence, and denigrate women like me,” Bennett wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, who went on to report sexual misconduct by Governor Cuomo. she came.”
“In addition to scouring the Internet for personal information about me, he reached out to his professional network in hopes of preventing additional charges against his brother.”
“CNN must act immediately,” she wrote.
In an interview with investigators in July, the transcript of which was only released on Monday, Chris Cuomo claimed: “I would never protest [opposition] Do research on anyone accusing you of anything like this. I’m not in the opposition research business.”
“I don’t tolerate a lot of research of opposition on any level,” Chris Cuomo said.
“And I was never aware of what you are suggesting, nor did I ever participate in, nor have I ever suggested, nor will I ever tolerate anything as you are suggesting.” Huh.”
Chris Cuomo said in the same interview that he does not remember receiving a complaint related to Hamilton College, the school that Bennett attended.
But the investigation interrogated another witness, Democratic strategist Liss Smith, who was asked by an investigator “about a text message from Chris Cuomo, forwarding an alleged set of documents belonging to Charlotte Bennett from her time in college.” Was.”
“It looks like a tweet, like he’s sending a tweet about something,” replied Smith, who was a spokesman for Cuomo running for re-election in 2018 and who served the governor’s team. Were giving advice on how to deal with sexual harassment claims beforehand. Year.
The investigator then asked Smith “is there a [redacted] against [redacted] Which includes Charlotte Bennett, do you see in the tweet?”
“Yeah,” replied Smith, who later said he didn’t remember Chris Cuomo was passing along the tweet, or involved in any discussion about that.
Chris Cuomo told investigators he tapped people he called “sources” for information about the allegations against his brother. He also said that he has spoken to those sources about the news yet to be published.
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.”
Ratings for Cuomo’s nighttime show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” were relatively strong, but they have fallen to a low point recently.
CNN announced earlier this month That the show averaged 826,000 in total viewers this month, “delivering the network’s highest-rated program in total viewers.” wrap A week after the ratings announcement, it was reported that Cuomo’s program had hit the lowest level ever in ratings.
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