NCS stated Tuesday it was suspending anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely after particulars emerged about how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he confronted fees of sexual harassment.
NEW YORK (AP) — NCS stated Tuesday it was suspending anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely after particulars emerged about how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he confronted fees of sexual harassment.
The community stated paperwork launched by New York’s lawyer normal Monday indicated a larger degree in his brother’s efforts than the community beforehand knew.
“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the community stated.
“Cuomo Prime Time” is commonly NCS’s most-watched present of the day, airing at 9 p.m. Eastern time on weeknights.
The NCS anchor had pressed sources for data on his brother’s accusers and reported again to the governor’s workers, and was energetic helping craft their response to the costs, in line with emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Chris Cuomo had beforehand acknowledged speaking to his brother and providing recommendation when the governor confronted the harassment fees that led to his resignation. But the data launched Nov. 29 revealed much more particulars about what he did.
Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to keep away from a possible impeachment trial, after an investigation led by James discovered he sexually harassed a minimum of 11 ladies.
The anchor did his present Monday evening with out mentioning the subject. In the previous, he’s stated he’s by no means reported on his brother’s state of affairs for the community and by no means tried to affect protection. On-air in August, he stated: “I tried to do the right thing,” including he “wasn’t in control of anything.”
Cuomo interviewed his brother on the air a variety of occasions in the course of the first two months of the COVID-19 epidemic. It was a success with viewers, though it violated NCS’s coverage of not having Cuomo report on his brother, and was a programming selection that has grown worse with time and extra revelations.
Monday’s releases present Chris Cuomo rising annoyed together with his brother’s advisers as they scrambled to reply as extra ladies got here ahead with harassment allegations.
The anchor pressed for larger involvement in crafting his brother’s message and provided up his journalistic sleuthing to search out out what different allegations could be looming.
On March 4, Chris Cuomo texted the governor’s high aide, Melissa DeRosa, saying “I have a lead on the wedding girl,” referring to a girl who accused his brother of undesirable touching at a marriage reception.
On March 7, as rumors swirled that extra ladies have been about to come back ahead, DeRosa texted Chris Cuomo: “Can u check your sources.” He replied, “On it.”
“When asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out,” Chris Cuomo stated in the July deposition.
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