The Liberal mouthpiece and frontrunner for CNN, Chris Cuomo, is done. CNN finally gave Cuomo the ax after finding out he was trying to help his brother through his sex scandals. But the straw that broke the camel’s back was the additional accusation of sexual assault coming his way after being suspended.
“CNN said in a statement: “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.”
“While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” CNN’s statement added. “Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
“A few hours after CNN’s announcement, the New York Times reported that a lawyer, Debra Katz, had on Wednesday told CNN of an allegation of sexual misconduct made against Chris Cuomo by a client of hers. According to the Times, the client is “a former junior colleague [of Cuomo’s] at another network.”
Katz did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither did a spokesperson for Cuomo, though the spokesperson did comment to the Times, saying, “These apparently anonymous allegations are not true.”
A CNN spokesperson said in a statement, “Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate. When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”
If it had been just one accusation of sexual assault then it would have likely just been a slap on the wrist and sudden vacation like they did earlier this year. But it was one scandal too many for CNN to cover up this time.