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A day after new reports detailed his involvement with his brother’s attempts to hold office amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment, Chris Cuomo has been suspended by CNN. According to the network, decisions are made as a direct result of transcript from the New York attorney general’s office, recommended ‘s server Cuomo main time used her position as a journalist to investigate women who accused her brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, of harassment. (Andrew Cuomo has long denied it any wrongdoing, but he resigned on August 10.)
On Monday, the day the new transcripts were released, CNN released a statement saying review the documents and will “converse and seek more clarity.” It looks like that “clarity” led to Chris Cuomo being officially suspended.
“The New York attorney general’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense. The documents, which we weren’t supposed to keep secret prior to their public release, raise serious questions,” he said. CNN said in a statement on Tuesday. After explaining why they decided to keep Cuomo on air after initial reports suggested he had consulted with his brother on how to handle the allegations in the media, The network continued, “These documents show a greater degree of involvement in the effort of his brother than we previously knew. We have therefore suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further review”.
Both CNN and its viewers have known for months that Chris Cuomo has been training his brother’s response to sexual harassment allegations. In May, reports emerged that he had advised the then-governor not to step down after numerous allegations of inappropriate behavior. At that time, Chris Cuomo downplays his participation with his brother’s PR strategy and apologizing on air for what many consider to be journalistic ethics violations. “It’s not going to happen again. It was a mistake,” he said later.
After the former governor resigned in August, Chris Cuomo once again took to the air to clarify his role, emphasizing that he was “not an adviser” to his brother’s team and declaring, “I never attack nor encourage anyone to attack any woman who comes forward. I never called the press about my brother’s situation.” According to the new documents, these claims have been questioned.
Chris Cuomo has yet to comment on his suspension and it’s unclear what this means for the future of his nightly news show. On Tuesday, CNN confirmed that Anderson Cooper will anchor the evening hours as an extension of his own show, Anderson Cooper 360, but did not say whether this would last beyond that night.
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