CNN star Chris Cuomo has been indefinitely suspended from the network over recently-uncovered messages that appear to show him trying to help brother Andrew during the former New York governor’s sexual harassment scandal.
A spokesperson for CNN said on Tuesday: “The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense.
“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.”
“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.”
Cuomo, a CNN journalist and primetime host, is the brother of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was forced to resign after allegations of sexual assault were made against him earlier this year.
According to new documents released this week, Chris Cuomo was in contact with one of his brother’s top aides Melissa DeRosa and offered to help craft his defense against the shock claims.
In the wake of the information coming to light, many have called for Cuomo to be fired or step down from his cable TV show on CNN, with an article in The Atlantic stating: “Chris Cuomo Must Go.”
CNN released a statement on the messages on Monday, reading: “The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration.
“We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”
Cuomo did not comment on the story during his show on Monday night.
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