Chris Cuomo Controversy: Chris Cuomo, Newly Fired from CNN, Faces an Allegation of Sexual Misconduct!
CNN claimed new information that shed fresh and harsh light on Chris Cuomo’s efforts to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, address sexual harassment claims as the reason for his dismissal from the network on Saturday.
A former ABC News colleague of Cuomo’s has accused him of sexually harassing her, and CNN’s moves came just one day after a famous Washington, D.C. workplace attorney planned to disclose information supporting the allegations.
Debra Katz said on Sunday that her client “came out at this time because she felt in sharing her tale and related documents, she may help safeguard other women.” She also revealed that the woman in question requested secrecy.
Nothing further could be learned about the woman’s allegation. Katz claimed that her client was incensed by Cuomo’s “deep sympathy” for the victims of sexual harassment, which she claimed he lied about.
CNN’s head of communications, Matt Dornic, stated last week that independent lawyers had concluded that Cuomo had violated the terms of his contract by taking actions linked to his brother’s controversy that might lead to his dismissal. There was “no need to delay taking prompt action” when “additional allegations came to us this week,” he added in a statement.
Shortly After His Firing, Cuomo Tweeted a Statement Saying His Termination Was “disappointing.”
Not wanting his time at CNN to end this way, he explained, “I have already told you why and how I supported my brother.”
In a reply to The New York Times, Cuomo’s spokesman Steven Goldberg refuted the sexual assault accusation made by Katz’s client. Goldberg claimed Cuomo’s dismissal was “unwarranted” and that “these supposedly anonymous charges are not factual.”
Former ABC News executive producer who worked with Chris Cuomo stated in September that he sexually assaulted her by groping her buttocks at a 2005 going-away party and stating, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my employer.” Shelley Ross paraphrased his apology email to her, pointing out that he first apologized to her husband before apologizing to her.
Chris Cuomo’s assistance to Andrew Cuomo in his fight against a sexual harassment controversy is revealed in newly released documents.
After a lengthy tenure at ABC News, Cuomo made the switch to CNN. It was a gradual process, but eventually, he was let go from CNN.
For months, ever after allegations against then-Governor Andrew Cuomo gathered steam, the subject of Chris Cuomo’s activities has been festering. In August, Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor of New York after Attorney General Letitia James found credible allegations of sexual harassment against him from 11 separate women.
In response to the publication of James’ office’s extensive records and transcripts from her investigation into allegations against the ex-governor, CNN suspended Chris Cuomo on Tuesday. The records that were made public on Monday included a lengthy deposition given by television anchor Chris Cuomo in which he addressed questions about his own actions and featured lengthy exchanges of email and text messages between him and Andrew Cuomo regarding the crisis that has engulfed Andrew.
Chris Cuomo’s role in defending his older brother against allegations of sexual misconduct was more significant than he had previously let on, either publicly or to the network.
The younger Cuomo sibling had a hand in crafting the official response to the claims against his older brother, urging that it should be couched in terms of a “cancel culture” dominating the left wing of his brother’s Democratic Party. Cuomo claimed he knew the woman who had accused him of sexual harassment, and that he had contacted investigative journalist Ronan Farrow to figure out what would be written about him in an upcoming article.
CNN promised an investigation into Cuomo’s behavior when they suspended him last week. On Wednesday, after going through James’ inquiry materials, the legal firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP compared James’ claims about his actions with the information he had shared with his viewers and network management. The company determined that Chris Cuomo should be fired after reviewing his deposition from the AG’s inquiry, other records, and statements to CNN and viewers.
Chris Cuomo Violated Journalism Ethics, Journalists Say
In an effort to regulate media coverage of his brother, an elected politician, Chris Cuomo has been called out by a number of CNN journalists, who have told NPR and other news sites that they believe he has plainly breached professional and ethical canons.
Cuomo has been criticized for his public display of brotherly affection toward his sibling during the early months of the COVID-19 epidemic, at which time he made the governor a prime-time source of entertainment by taunting and holding him up as an example of how to handle the pandemic. The policies of ex-governor Cuomo are being looked into to see if they contributed to the hundreds of deaths that occurred in assisted living institutions.
Chris Cuomo committed the second type of breach, according to Cravath’s analysis: he failed to inform his superiors of the full extent of his misconduct, even while they publicly defended him. Cuomo argued he was just being a brother, while CNN said he shouldn’t have been on strategy discussions with the governor’s staff even if his role was restricted to that of a sounding board.
Before, Cuomo confessed to advising his brother and his brother’s employees, but he denied insulting the women who came forward or calling members of the press.
Dornic had earlier stated last week that the records revealed by the AG’s office raised fresh doubts regarding Chris Cuomo’s actions and the version of events he had previously put out.
On Tuesday, a representative officially recognized that Chris had broken company policy when he admitted to providing guidance to his brother’s employees. We recognized his special circumstances and sympathized with his desire to prioritize family over work.
Just as the network was learning of the sexual misconduct claim against the anchor, the legal review reached a critical point. On Wednesday, Katz informed CNN that her client had accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct, and by Friday, she was in talks with the network to offer documentary evidence and even make her client available for an interview with CNN’s outside attorneys.
Chris Cuomo attempted a balancing act on TV, saying that he believes the women who accused the powerful Democrat of sexual harassment and that he supports his brother.
Katz mentioned one phrase from Cuomo Prime Time in her statement: “Having a serious and lasting interest in these topics is something I’ve always had. Hey, I needed to let you know that.”
According to Katz, her client’s decision to reveal the information was driven by this.
“Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN,” she said.