By Olivia Truffaut-Won, NY Mag
One day after new reports detailed his involvement with his brother’s efforts to remain in office after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Chris Cuomo has been suspended by CNN. According to the network, the decision comes as a direct result of the newly released transcripts from the New York attorney general’s office, which suggested the host of Cuomo Prime Time had used his status as a journalist to investigate the women accusing his brother, former governor Andrew Cuomo, of harassment. (Andrew Cuomo has long denied any wrongdoing, but he did resign on August 10.)
On Monday, the day the new transcripts were published, CNN released a statement saying that it was reviewing the documents and would “be having conversations and seeking additional clarity.” That “clarity,” it seems, has led to Chris Cuomo’s official suspension.
“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 defense. The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions,” CNN said in a statement on Tuesday. After explaining why it had decided to keep Cuomo on the air after original reporting suggested he had consulted with his brother on how to handle the accusations in the media, the network continued, “These documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 30, 2021