CNNHost Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, a day after the New York attorney general’s office released documents that showed the journalist was more deeply involved than previously known in helping his brotherFormer Governor Andrew Cuomo(D), Respond to Sexual Harassment Allegations
His suspension was indefinitely announced by the news channel.
“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,” the network said in a statement. “When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.”
“However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew,” CNN added. “As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
The suspension comes amid the release of a trove of exhibits as part of Attorney General Letitia James’ inquiry into Andrew Cuomo’s behavior while governor. James’ release of exhibits led to Cuomo being suspended. He then resigned. a damning reportDetailing 11 allegations made by women that he behaved inappropriately in his office.
The Monday publication by the attorney general was published text messages and emailsAlso available as transcriptions Chris Cuomo’s testimony, which showed the “Cuomo Prime Time” host was regularly in touch with some of his brother’s closest aides in March, when the scandal first emerged. The revelations prompted scrutiny over Chris Cuomo’s use of his role as a journalist to help his brother fend off an avalanche of allegations.
“Please let me help with prep,” Chris Cuomo texted his brother’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, in early March. The New York Times had published the story a few days later. detailing a woman’s accusationDeRosa discovered that her governor had tried to kiss her at a wedding and asked him to use his journalistic connections to get more information about her.
“On it,” Chris Cuomo replied at the time. He said in another message that he had “a lead on the wedding girl.”
CNN’s host, John McLaughlin, acknowledged that he helped his brother earlier in the year but said that he encouraged him to resign as more revelations came in.
“Obviously, I am aware of what is going on with my brother,” he told viewers on March 1, when a third accuser came forward. “And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. CNN will cover the story. CNN has covered the issue extensively and will continue to cover it. These issues have been very important to me from a deep place. I just want to tell you that.”
In the published interview with investigators from July, Chris Cuomo rejected an assertion that he attempted to influence any stories or journalists while he was supporting his brother, adding that if he had done so, “people would know.”
“I just know that as the situation started to accelerate, my brother asked me to be in the loop,” Chris Cuomo told investigators in July. He added later that he heard “more from my brother when he is in a particular time of need of my take on what’s happening.”