CNN suspends brother of former New York governor Andrew Cuomo

Dec 1, 2021: US broadcaster CNN said it indefinitely suspended prominent anchor Chris Cuomo after legal transcripts revealed the extensive help he gave his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, to fight sexual misconduct allegations.

The news network said court documents released on Monday showed Chris Cuomo had given more assistance to his brother than it was previously aware.

Andrew Cuomo resigned in August amid growing allegations detailed in a 165-page report from the New York State Attorney General, whose office is slowly releasing evidence gathered during its investigation.

“The New York Attorney General’s Office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defence,” a CNN spokesperson said on Tuesday.

“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.”

The spokesperson added while CNN “understood his need to put family first and job second” in aiding his older brother, it said the transcripts “point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew”.

Andrew Cuomo has denied touching anyone inappropriately during his tenure as governor, but acknowledged in his resignation speech that his understanding of misconduct may differ from that of the 11 women who accused him.

The recent leaked documents show text and other messages in which Chris Komo tried to use his media resources to obtain information about the case and the women involved, as well as to find out if other journalists plan to report.

Cuomo, who hosts CNN’s most-watched prime-time news show, admitted in May that he bent some of the network’s rules on advising his brother on how to deal with allegations from a public relations perspective.

However, he has maintained he did not influence CNN’s coverage and previously pledged not to report on the case on-air. On Tuesday, Cuomo’s show was replaced with a second hour anchored by Anderson Cooper. The network’s long-term plan for filling the time slot was not immediately clear.

This situation represents a dramatic decline in grace for both brothers, the sons of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.

Amid the Corona virus pandemic, Andrew Cuomo rose to international fame for his daily explicit video updates when New York contracted the Corona virus outbreak, which is often seen on CNN Live episodes filled with banter by his brother. 

He was considered the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the future. In October, a criminal complaint was filed in Albany, New York, alleging sexual misconduct against Andrew Cuomo.

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