A former co-worker of Chris Cuomo made a sexual misconduct allegation towards the former CNN anchor, who was fired Saturday for deceptive the cable community concerning the extent of the function he performed making an attempt to mitigate the sexual harassment accusations that took down his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A well-known employment lawyer who represents the accuser contacted CNN Wednesday to inform them of the allegation, according to The New York Times.
The disclosure got here as an outdoor legislation agency was probing new paperwork launched by by New York’s prime prosecutor Monday that urged the youthful Cuomo was extra concerned making an attempt to regulate harm to his brother’s political profession than he beforehand stated.
The lady who leveled the unknown accusations towards Chris Cuomo, 51, was a former “junior colleague” at one other information community, in keeping with Debra Katz, the accuser’s lawyer, the paper stated. The allegation was reportedly not related to the cascade of accusations that led Andrew Cuomo to resign from workplace within the face of impeachment 4 months in the past.
It was unclear if the girl’s declare influenced CNN’s alternative to fireplace its star prime time anchor, in keeping with the report. Cuomo was suspended from his reported $6 million a yr job indefinitely on Tuesday.
The lady who got here up with the unknown accusations towards the former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was a former “junior colleague” at one other information community, in keeping with Debra Katz.REUTERS
“Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate,” CNN instructed The Times. “When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”
Katz, who additionally represented Andrew Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett, instructed the paper her shopper “came forward because she was disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made against his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo.”
Specifically, Katz reportedly cited a March 1 broadcast the place the anchor stated “I have always cared very deeply about these issues, and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.”
Debra Katz stated the accuser got here ahead as a result of she was disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made towards his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo.Getty Images
Chris Cuomo didn’t deal with the brand new allegations at press time, however issued an announcement earlier Saturday after it was revealed he used his press connections to assist Albany officers pry into the previous of an accuser – after which participated in technique classes geared toward serving to the governor beat again the scandal.
“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” Chris Cuomo stated. “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot.”
Chris Cuomo, whose phrases got here to an finish with CNN for being concerned in making an attempt to regulate harm to his brother’s political profession, didn’t deal with the brand new allegations at press time.Getty Images
In September, Shelley Ross, who labored with Cuomo at ABC News, stated he touched her inappropriately at a 2005 celebration, “lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.”
Cuomo then instructed The Times the incident was not sexual and he had apologized afterwards.