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CNN host Chris Cuomo fires to help his brother, the former New York governor

Posted on Sunday 05 December 2021 at 01:12

On Saturday, the channel said that CNN has sacked star presenter and reporter Chris Cuomo, after an investigation into his involvement in defending his brother, former New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, in the face of accusations of sexual assault.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo was fired over the matter a few days before he was fired.

“We have hired a well-known law firm to conduct the investigation and have suspended their functions with immediate effect,” a statement posted on CNN’s official Twitter account said. During the course of the investigation, new information was discovered.

The dismissal comes after the publication of documents revealing that Chris Cuomo, who presented the 9 p.m. news segment on the US network, advised his political brother, which CNN deemed inappropriate.

A CNN spokesperson said Tuesday that “documents that we were not aware of prior to their public release raise serious questions,” adding that they “reveal a level of involvement in helping his brother that is more significant than we were aware.”

“It’s not how I want my CNN career to end, but I’ve already told you why and how you helped my brother,” Chris Cuomo said in a text message, according to CNN reporter Brian Stelter.

Chris Cuomo, 51, answered before investigators who questioned him in July about the advice given to his older brother.

Faced with accusations of sexual assault by at least 11 women, Andrew Cuomo, the powerful governor of New York for a decade who took on a national political dimension in 2020 thanks to his management of the Covid-19 pandemic, was finally forced to resign in August.

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In October, the former governor – whose father Mario Cuomo was also the governor of New York – was charged with sexual assault of a former collaborator in December 2020.

CNN added that the investigation into Chris Cuomo is continuing.