CNN on Saturday terminated its contract with Chris Cuomo, brother of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The reason for this decision is the journalist’s “attempts to whiten his brother” who are charged with sexual harassment, the CNN press office reported.
Prior to his final release, Chris Cuomo, presenter and host of a news daily broadcast at 21, was temporarily suspended from duties.
“We asked the law firm to investigate the case and then made the decision to abandon its services immediately,” explained a statement posted on Twitter. “During the investigation, further information was disclosed” incriminating the journalist, he added.
“Documents That Raise Some Very Serious Questions”
Documents released following an investigation commissioned by the New York State Assembly that yielded evidence of sexual harassment of women by a former governor also revealed that Chris Cuomo was advising his brother on how to recover from oppression. CNN management found it inconsistent with journalistic ethics.
– These documents, which we had not seen before, provoke very serious questions – the spokesman of the station said on Tuesday, pointing at the same time that the journalist’s involvement in defending his brother was “wider than originally assumed”.
Chris Cuomo, 51, has never denied that he was trying to help his older brother. During the hearings in July, he declared that he would do whatever his 64-year-old brother asked him to do.
“Crushing evidence” against the former governor
A total of 11 women accuse him of sexual harassment committed by the elder of Cuomo brothers over more than a decade. In October, Andrew Cumo was found guilty of sexual aggression against his former associate. The harassment took place in December 2020.
On November 22, the New York State Assembly announced the results of an investigation that contained “devastating evidence” of sexual harassment of women by the former governor. There were also other allegations. A report by the lower house of the New York state parliament blames Cuomo, inter alia, on about using his subordinates to prepare his COVID-19 book during working hours.
The investigation into Chris Cuomo, the governor’s brother, is yet to be completed and will continue despite his dismissal, CNN management said.
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