- Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual misconduct, The New York Times reported.
- He was fired after revelations that he used media sources to help his brother, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
- A spokesperson for Chris Cuomo denied the sexual misconduct allegation to The Times.
Chris Cuomo, who was fired by CNN on Saturday over revelations that he used his media sources to help his brother, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has also been accused of sexual misconduct, The New York Times reported.
The anchor was suspended on November 30 and CNN launched an investigation into his conduct after the New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts that showed his involvement in advising his older brother during the politician’s sexual harassment scandal.
“We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately,” CNN said in a statement Saturday evening. “While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
The Times reported that Debra S. Katz, an employment lawyer, told CNN on Wednesday that a former junior colleague at a different network has accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct.
Katz said the allegations were “unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.” She told the Times that the client “came forward because she was disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made against his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
Steven Goldberg, a spokesperson for Cuomo, denied the allegations.
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“If the goal in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his unwarranted termination,” Goldberg told The Times.
The Times reported that it’s unclear if these allegations factored into Cuomo’s dismissal.
In a statement to Insider, A CNN spokesperson said: “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.”
CNN did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.