NEW YORK (AP) — A brand new allegation of sexual harassment towards Chris Cuomo emerged simply days earlier than CNN announced it was firing the anchor amid an investigation into work he did defending his brother from related harassment allegations.
Lawyer Debra Katz mentioned Sunday her consumer was the sufferer of “critical sexual misconduct” by Cuomo and that she had contacted CNN in regards to the girl’s allegations on Wednesday.
CNN suspended Cuomo earlier this week after details emerged about how he assisted his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, because the politician confronted sexual harassment allegations. Community officers mentioned “further data has come to gentle” when saying Chris Cuomo’s firing Saturday, however didn’t elaborate.
Katz mentioned the accuser determined to return ahead after the New York legal professional common’s workplace launched proof displaying Cuomo had taken a much more active role than previously thought in strategizing and serving to to craft a response to the allegations his brother was dealing with. When the preliminary allegations surfaced towards Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo had advised viewers he had “all the time cared very deeply about these points,” Katz mentioned.
“Listening to the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air phrases and disgusted by his efforts to attempt to discredit these ladies, my consumer retained counsel to report his critical sexual misconduct towards her to CNN,” Katz mentioned within the assertion.
CNN mentioned it reviewed Chris Cuomo’s conduct after receiving new data, and a legislation agency employed to assist advised CNN there have been grounds to fireside him.
“It goes with out saying that these selections usually are not simple, and there are numerous advanced elements concerned,” CNN chief Jeff Zucker wrote in an e-mail to CNN workers on Saturday.
Cuomo issued an announcement on Twitter calling the choice disappointing.
“This isn’t how I need my time at CNN to finish however I’ve already advised 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 workforce at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did,” he mentioned.
The brand new misconduct allegation comes after a veteran TV govt, Shelley Ross, wrote a column for The New York Instances in September saying Chris Cuomo had groped her at a celebration 16 years in the past, after they each labored for ABC Information. Cuomo advised the newspaper that “I apologized to her then, and I meant it.”
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