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Chris Cuomo in May 2018 in New York City.

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Chris Cuomo said on Monday he was ending his SiriusXM radio show two days after he was fired by CNN as a prime-time host over what a lawyer says are allegations he has committed sexual misconduct against a woman.

Cuomo announced the departure of SiriusXM in a tweet.

“The way my time ended at CNN was tough,” Cuomo wrote. “Although I have thick skin, I also have a family, for whom the last week has been extraordinarily difficult. So, right now, I have to take a step back and focus on what’s next.”

“This means I will no longer be doing my SiriusXM radio show.”

“I am extremely grateful for the support I received from SiriusXM throughout my time there. I also want to express my sincere appreciation for my loyal listeners,” Cuomo said. I will miss our conversations very much, but I look forward to reconnecting with all of you in the future. “

A SiriusXM spokesperson said: “Following Chris Cuomo’s statement that he is quitting his SiriusXM show, Let’s go after will no longer be broadcast. We thank Chris for his work at SiriusXM. “

Cuomo was suspended by CNN last Tuesday after documents released by New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed he was more deeply involved than previously thought in efforts to control the damage to his brother, then governor. Andrew Cuomo, after Andrew was charged with sexual harassment.

Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor of New York in August after a damning investigation commissioned by James found he had harassed nearly a dozen women, a number of whom worked in his administration. Andrew Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.

In an interview for the inquest in July, Chris Cuomo told lawyers he had not tried to find information to denigrate his brother’s accusers and that he was “not even aware of a opposition research underway “by governor’s staff.

But other documents released by James show that Chris Cuomo forwarded a tweet to his brother’s advisers referring to a college complaint involving Charlotte Bennett, an assistant to Andrew Cuomo who had accused him of harassment.

And in March, days after The New York Times reported that Andrew Cuomo attempted to kiss a woman in an unwanted advance at a wedding, Chris Cuomo texted the governor’s assistant. Melissa DeRosa with the message: “I have a lead on the wedding girl.”

Bennett in a tweet on Tuesday called on CNN to fire Chris Cuomo over “how bad [he] was ready to discredit, silence and smear women like me. “

Bennett noted that the documents showed that “in addition to scouring the Internet for personal information about me, he contacted his professional network in hopes of intercepting further allegations against his brother.”

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On Tuesday, a CNN spokeswoman, announcing the suspension, said the documents “shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense” and “raise serious questions” for the network, which was not aware of the extent of his role.

Days later, on Saturday, CNN fired Chris Cuomo, saying “new information” came to light after he hired a law firm to conduct a review of the situation.

Lawyer Debra Katz said on Sunday that she had a client who accused Chris Cuomo of “serious sexual misconduct,” and that the woman’s allegations were reported to CNN last Wednesday.

“On Friday, I was in discussions with CNN to provide documentary evidence of my client’s allegations and to make my client available for an interview with CNN’s outside lawyer,” Katz said in a statement Sunday. “Last night, CNN reacted quickly to my client’s complaint and fired Mr. Cuomo.”

Katz also represents Bennett, Andrew Cuomo’s former assistant.

The lawyer said on Sunday that her other client, who accused Chris Cuomo of misconduct, was motivated to let CNN know after seeing him earlier this year say on air that he cared “very deeply” about the question of sexual harassment, and after the GA documents. demonstrated “that Chris Cuomo played an active role in attempting to smear women whom the attorney general found to have made serious allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against the governor.”

“Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained a lawyer to report to CNN his serious sexual misconduct against him,” Katz said.

Chris Cuomo spokesman Steve Goldberg said on Sunday: “These seemingly anonymous allegations are not true.”

As they were sent to CNN to deny what Chris Cuomo told his audience, he fully supports his on-air statements about his connection to these issues, both professionally and in a deeply personal way. “said Goldberg.

“If the purpose of these bogus and unverified accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his wrongful dismissal.”


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