CNN has suspended prime time anchor Chris Cuomo “indefinitely” after new documents revealed that he was more deeply involved in helping his brother, former New York Governor Andrew, with the sexual harassment allegations against him.
In a statement, CNN said that the documents released on Nov. 29 by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ Office “shed new light” on Chris’ role in his brother’s defense earlier this year and “raise serious questions.”
“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,” a CNN spokesperson said on Nov. 30.
“However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the spokesperson further said.
The documents revealed that Cuomo played an instrumental role in Andrew’s defense when he sought to use his connections in the press to help prepare Andrew’s team against the allegations.
The suspension came after Charlotte Bennett, one of Andrew’s former aides who accused him of harassment, called on CNN to fire Chris, following the release of the documents.
“Just like his older brother, Chris Cuomo used his time, network, and resources to help smear victims, dig up opposition research, and belittle our credible allegations. His behavior is reprehensible, unprofessional, and inexcusable,” Bennett said in a statement on Twitter.
“Anything short of firing Chris Cuomo reflects a network lacking both morals and a backbone,” Bennett added.
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