Days before Chris Cuomo was suspended and then fired from CNN for intimately aiding his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a new allegation of sexual harassment against the presenter emerged.
Attorney Debra Katz said in a statement Sunday that she contacted CNN on Wednesday regarding her client’s allegations of “serious sexual misconduct” against Cuomo.
Two days later, she said she “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.”
CNN announced Cuomo’s sacking the next day. Cuomo was fired for helping his brother as the politician faced similar sexual harassment allegations.
Cuomo is also stepping away from his SiriusXM show, he shared on Instagram Monday, thanking his “loyal listeners” and Sirius XM for the “support” he received during his time there. A spokesperson for the broadcasting company confirmed to USA TODAY on Monday that Cuomo’s show “Let’s Get After It” will no longer air.
“Although I have thick skin, I also have a family, for whom the last week has been extraordinarily difficult,” he said. “So for now, I have to take a step back and focus on what’s next. This means that I will no longer be doing my Sirius XM radio show. “
Cuomo spokesman Steven Goldberg told the New York Times and the Washington Post on Saturday that the allegations were not true. USA TODAY has contacted representatives for SiriusXM, CNN and Cuomo for further comment.
“My client came forward at this point because she believed that by sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women,” said Katz, who also represents the accuser of ‘Andrew Cuomo, Charlotte Bennett. “She will continue to cooperate with CNN’s investigation into her allegations.”
The client wishes to remain anonymous, Katz noted. Details of his “serious sexual misconduct” allegations were not immediately available, and it is unclear what role those allegations played in Cuomo’s termination.
The new misconduct allegation comes after veteran television executive Shelley Ross wrote a column for the New York Times in September saying Chris Cuomo groped her at a party 16 years ago then that they both worked for ABC News. Cuomo told the newspaper that “I then apologized to him and I really meant it.”
On Saturday, CNN tweeted about Cuomo’s termination, saying his termination was “effective immediately.”
“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further assessment of the new information revealed regarding his involvement in his brother’s defense,” the statement read. “We hired a respected law firm to conduct the review and fired him.”
Cuomo responded to his termination on Twitter describing the decision as “disappointing”.
“This is not how I want my time on CNN to end, but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” he wrote. “I couldn’t be prouder of the Cuomo Prime Time crew and the work we did as CNN’s # 1 show in the most competitive time slot.”
He added: “I owe them all and I will miss this special group of people who have done such an important job.”
According to dozens of transcripts, video interviews and text messages released by the New York attorney general’s office on Monday, Chris Cuomo used his media “sources” and “other reporters” to investigate the women who accused him. brother, who was then governor of New York, from sexual harassment.
CNN hired a law firm for this review, which it did not identify. Lawyers have recommended Chris Cuomo’s dismissal and CNN chief Jeff Zucker informed the presenter of the decision on Saturday.
“It goes without saying that these decisions are not easy and that there are many complex factors involved,” Zucker said in an email to CNN staff on Saturday.
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Even with the dismissal, CNN said it would continue to investigate Cuomo’s conduct “if appropriate.”
CNN hung anchor on Tuesday “indefinitely” after discovering documents released by the attorney general’s office. Cuomo spoke of his suspension on his Sirius XM radio show Wednesday, calling the disciplinary action taken against him “embarrassing.”
“It hurts to say it. It’s embarrassing. But I understand it. And I understand why some people feel what I did for what I did. I have apologized in the past, and I do. really thinks, ”Cuomo said on his SiriusXM radio show. “The last thing I wanted to do was compromise one of my coworkers and do something other than help.”
While Chris Cuomo admitted on air in May that he had helped his brother and said it was a mistake, Monday’s records showed a bigger role that had already been revealed, such as texting to main assistants and advisers to the governor and try to talk to other reporters about the impending articles.
“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we publicly admitted it. But we also appreciated the unique position he found himself in and understood his need to. putting family first and work second, ”CNN said. statement on his suspension said.
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The “Cuomo Prime Time” presenter had been on the news network for eight years, making his debut with CNN’s “New Day with Alisyn Camerota” in 2013. Since then, he has gotten his own prime-time program at 9:00 p.m. ET, becoming the highest rated anchor on the network.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Hannah Yasharoff and Pamela Avila, UNITED STATES TODAY; Joseph Spector, New York State Team; and the associated press