Wednesday, January 19

CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for “helping” his brother defend himself when he was governor of New York and was accused of abusing women

Brothers Andrew and Chris Cuomo in April 2018, NYC.

Photo: He Was Suppressed / Getty Images

CNN suspended primetime host Chris Cuomo “indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” after new documents revealed the nature of the relationship he had with his brother and his environment, when, as governor of New York, he began to be accused of sexual harassment of several women, a scandal that later forced him to resign from office in August.

Until last night the presenter had not commented on the sanction against him. His 9 pm show was the most watched on CNN, according a statement from the same news channel.

“New documents released on Monday showed that the veteran journalist he was more involved than previously known in shaping his brother’s defense. “

“The office of the New York Attorney General released transcripts and evidence on Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense, “said a spokesman for CNN last night. “The documents, of which we were not aware before their publication, raise serious doubts.”

“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we publicly acknowledged it,” the spokesperson continued. But we also appreciate the unique position he was in and we understood their need to put family first and work second. “

“However, these documents point to a higher level of participation in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew,” the spokesperson added. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”

The suspension came after significant criticism from people who said Chris Cuomo had violated widely accepted journalistic standards.

In September, the presenter was accused of sexual harassment by a former co-worker in ABC News. In an opinion piece published in The New York Times, Shelley Ross, a veteran TV producer, described that the youngest of the Cuomo “escaped responsibility” for his involvement in managing the response to the sexual harassment scandal that cost his older brother Andrew the governorship of New York.

The sanction of Chris Cuomo adds to a series of investigations still open against his brother, who a few hours after his resignation in August was stripped of the also questioned Emmy award he received in November 2020 for his televised press conferences on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to alleged workplace sexual harassment, the former Democratic leader is accused of having abused government resources by having state employees help produce and promote a book praising his “successful” management during the pandemic, in the middle of a millionaire editorial agreement in a personal capacity. He is also investigated for mass deaths of the elderly apparently linked to an order of his and then conceal the tragic figures.

The reality of the now former governor represents a great contrast after he cultivated a high popularity during the confinement that led him to dream of a comfortable new re-election in 2022. Even his allies spoke of his potential to reach the White House, at least as vice president. In those months, the governor was constant guest on his brother’s radio (SiriusXM) and TV (CNN) shows.

His late father, Mario Cuomo, was also governor for three terms (1983-1994), until he was defeated by Republican George Pataki when seeking another reelection.

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