CNN suspends anchor Chris Cuomo, says he helped his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo

Chris Cuomo is under investigation for joining the defense of his brother.

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CNN said Tuesday it had indefinitely suspended primetime anchor Chris Cuomo after legal tapes were released that revealed how he helped his brother Andrew, New York’s governor, counter allegations of sexual misconduct. helped.

At the start of the pandemic, the brothers touched new heights of popularity: Andrew Cuomo earned praise for their candid daily briefings as the coronavirus ravaged New York, and their live exchanges on CNN were combined with banter.

But after months of struggling claims that he had harassed about a dozen women, including former employees, Andrew Cuomo resigned in August.

In October, the 63-year-old former governor was charged with a sex offense for forcible touching.

And now, his 51-year-old brother is under investigation for joining his brother’s defense.

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

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

The spokeswoman said that while CNN “understood its need to put family first and job second” in assisting Andrew, it added that the tapes released by state Attorney General Letitia James were “one of his brother’s efforts.” Points to a greater level of involvement than we previously knew.”

“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”

The brothers are the sons of former New York governor Mario Cuomo.

On Tuesday, Cuomo’s show was replaced with a second hour anchored by Anderson Cooper. The network’s long-term plan to fill the time slot was not immediately clear.

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