Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Being Fired From CNN

In Summary

After a brief suspension, Chris Cuomo was fired from CNN. Now, he’s being accused of sexual misconduct from a colleague he worked with at another network.  

UPDATE: Dec. 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Chris Cuomo was terminated by CNN “effective immediately,” according to the network on Saturday. Cuomo was first suspended on Tuesday after a legal firm reviewed information about how he helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, after sexual harassment allegations surfaced.  

According to the network, Cuomo Prime Time staff members will remain with the network and Michael Smerconish will begin hosting the show this week. In a statement, CNN said, “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately.”  

Cuomo released a statement on Instagram saying this was not how he wanted to end his time at the network.  

After his termination, an allegation of sexual misconduct was made against him from a “former junior colleague” from his time at another network, CNN reported.  

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Chris Cuomo, who is the host of his daily weeknight show Cuomo Prime Time, has been suspended from CNN indefinitely, according to The Hill. This news comes as a result of him being involved in the harassment case of his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

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Transcripts and exhibits were released by the New York attorney general’s office that highlight Cuomo coming to the defense of his brother. 

“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions. When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second,” CNN said in a statement. “However, 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.” 

The network said they will conduct an investigation into the matter of the documents that were released to the public by New York Attorney General Letitia James, according to The Hill. 

RELATED: Critics: Cuomo apology ‘tone-deaf,’ ignores power imbalance

Cuomo addressed the issue for the first time on his radio show on SiriusXM. 

“It hurts to even say it. It’s embarrassing but I understand it,” he said. “It’s the last thing I ever wanted to do was compromise any of my colleagues and do anything but help.” 

The suspension comes after there was a lot of criticism from people who say that Cuomo broke journalistic norms. 

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