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CNN Fires Chris Cuomo for Helping Brother Deal With Scandal | U.S. News®

By DAVID BAUDER and MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN fired anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday after particulars emerged about how he assisted his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, because the politician confronted sexual harassment allegations earlier this 12 months.

The community suspended Chris Cuomo earlier within the week to research his conduct, after New York’s legal professional common launched particulars exhibiting he was extra concerned than beforehand identified in serving to to strategize and attain out to different journalists as his brother fought to maintain his job.

CNN employed a legislation agency for the evaluation. The agency beneficial Chris Cuomo’s termination and CNN chief Jeff Zucker knowledgeable the anchor of the choice on Saturday.

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The community mentioned that “while in the process of that review, additional information has come to light.” CNN wouldn’t talk about that data, or characterize whether or not it had something to do together with his brother.

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“It goes without saying that these decisions are not easy, and there are a lot of complex factors involved,” Zucker mentioned in an e mail to CNN employees on Saturday.

Cuomo issued a press release on Twitter calling the choice disappointing.

“This just isn’t how I would like my time at CNN to finish however I’ve already informed you why and the way I helped my brother. So let me now say as disappointing as that is, I couldn’t be extra happy with the staff at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 present in essentially the most aggressive time slot,” he mentioned.

As ladies got here ahead accusing former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, his brother, regardless of being a CNN anchor, pressed sources for data on the accusers and reported again to the governor’s employees on what he was studying.

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He was energetic in serving to craft their response to the costs, in keeping with emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for state Attorney General Letitia James. Her workplace discovered Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed no less than 11 ladies.

Chris Cuomo beforehand acknowledged speaking to his brother and providing recommendation when the governor confronted harassment costs. But extra element has emerged concerning the assist he gave. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to keep away from a probable impeachment trial.

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