A spokesperson for Chris Cuomo is denying allegations of sexual misconduct involving the published journalist, who was formally fired from CNN on Saturday. Cuomo had been suspended by the community over his involvement in defending his older brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from a number of prices of sexual harassment, with transcripts from the New York Legal professional Normal’s Workplace revealing that the Cuomo Prime Time host had used his media contacts in an try to discredit his brother’s accusers.
In an announcement asserting the youthful Cuomo’s firing Saturday, CNN cited “extra data” which had performed a job within the community’s choice to terminate the newsman.
“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending additional analysis of latest data that got here to mild about his involvement together with his brother’s protection. We retained a revered regulation agency to conduct the overview, and have terminated him, efficient instantly,” CNN shared in an announcement on Dec. 4. “Whereas within the technique of that overview, extra data has come to mild. Regardless of the termination, we are going to examine as applicable.”
Based on a report from the New York Occasions, that new data might have been an allegation of sexual misconduct made towards Cuomo. Per the Occasions, legal professional Debra S. Katz notified CNN of the allegation made by a former junior colleague at one other community. Katz additionally shared that her nameless shopper “got here ahead as a result of she was disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made towards his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo,” citing the anchor’s claims that he “cared very deeply” about points resembling sexual harassment. She added, nonetheless, that the sexual misconduct allegation was “unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.”
Cuomo, who labored for ABC Information previous to becoming a member of CNN in 2013, was beforehand accused of groping his former ABC Information boss Shelley Ross in an op-ed revealed by the New York Occasions revealed earlier this 12 months.
A spokeswoman for CNN advised the newspaper that the community had trigger to chop ties with the host based mostly on stories of his interference in his brother’s personal sexual harassment scandal, saying, “Based mostly on the report we acquired relating to Chris’s conduct together with his brother’s protection, we had trigger to terminate. When new allegations got here to us this week, we took them severely, and noticed no purpose to delay taking instant motion.”
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A spokesman for Cuomo blasted the sexual misconduct allegation towards his shopper as “false and unvetted.”
“These apparently nameless allegations will not be true,” a statement reads. “To the extent that they have been despatched to CNN to negate what Chris Cuomo advised his viewers, he totally stands by his on-air statements about his connection to those points, each professionally and in a profoundly private manner. If the purpose in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that will clarify his unwarranted termination.”
Cuomo, who shares three kids with spouse Cristina, referred to as his firing “disappointing” in an announcement issued after the information broke.
“This isn’t how I would like my time at CNN to finish however I’ve already advised you why and the way I helped my brother,” Cuomo, 51, shared. “So let me now say as disappointing as that is, I couldn’t be extra happy with the workforce at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 present in probably the most aggressive time slot. I owe all of them and can miss that group of particular individuals who did actually essential work.”
On Sunday, Katz issued an announcement detailing her shopper’s response to what she referred to as “jaw-dropping” proof towards Cuomo and his ties to his brother’s protection. She famous that after contacting CNN final Wednesday — a day after Cuomo’s suspension was introduced — she spoke with the community on Friday about offering proof for her shopper’s claims.
“My shopper got here ahead right now as a result of she felt in sharing her story and associated documentation, she might assist shield different ladies,” Katz wrote. “She’s going to proceed to cooperate with CNN’s investigation into her allegations. Given the character of her allegations, she needs to stay nameless, and we ask that you simply respect this choice.”
This text has been up to date to mirror Katz’s newest assertion.