Star CNN announcer Chris Cuomo He was suspended indefinitely by the network on Tuesday after new details emerged about his efforts to help his brother, Andrew M CuomoThe former governor of New York faced a string of sexual misconduct charges that led to the governor’s resignation.
Chris Cuomo had previously apologized for advising Andrew Cuomo’s senior political aides—a violation of traditional barriers between journalists and lawmakers—but thousands of pages of new evidence released Monday by New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed the role of the anchor. more intimate and caring than previously known.
“Documents that we didn’t know specifically before they were made public raise serious questions,” CNN said in a statement on Tuesday.
“When Chris admitted to us that his brother was advising his staff, he broke our rules, and we admitted it in public,” the network said. “But we also appreciated his unique position and understood his need to put family first and work second. However, these documents point to more involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew.”
“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely pending further consideration,” the network said.
In numerous emails and text messages between the television host and her brother’s inner circle, Chris Cuomo has repeatedly offered advice – “Please let me help with the preparation” to a senior aide in March – and has made an effort to monitor his condition. Pending articles on sexual harassment allegations by Andrew Cuomo in other news outlets, including Politico and The New Yorker.
At one point, Melissa DeRosa, former senior aide to Andrew Cuomo, asked the news anchor if she could check her “sources” about a rumor that Politico was working on an article with additional accusations. “There it is,” replied Chris Cuomo.
The turmoil of Chris Cuomo’s brother’s last 18 months as governor has proven to be a slow-moving headache for CNN, which stands by its top-rated anchor, despite a series of troubling revelations raising questions about the network’s adherence to journalistic standards.
Jeff Zucker, CNNs The president supported Mr. Cuomo for months and refused to discipline him, even though news reports showed the anchor meeting with his brother’s political team at strategy sessions, which was a violation of basic reporting behavior.
This week, however, he presented a tougher set of facts for Mr. Zucker as he weighed the fate of the 9 PM host.
Ms. James’ report included a message from Mr. Cuomo to Ms. DeRosa, sent a few days later from a woman named Anna Ruch. He told The New York Times She said Andrew Cuomo made some unwelcome advances against her at a wedding in New York. “I have a clue about the wedding girl,” the anchor wrote in the text.
Chris Cuomo later told investigators that he had heard from a friend that “perhaps it was put up with”, citing Ms Ruch’s claim. He said Andrew Cuomo’s aides rejected the idea and set aside his friend’s claim. “So that’s it,” he said.
Tiffany Hsu contributing reporting.
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