NEW YORK (AP) — Transcripts launched Monday shed new gentle on NCS anchor Chris Cuomo’s behind-the-scenes role advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, within the face of sexual harassment allegations that pressured him from workplace.
Chris Cuomo advised investigators he spoke recurrently together with his brother, exchanged textual content messages together with his prime advisers and was looped in on emails in February in March as they formulated a response to allegations from a number of ladies.
He additionally supplied to assist try to discover out by means of his “sources” whether or not extra ladies had been going to come back ahead, together with presumably studying their identities.
Chris Cuomo’s role as his brother’s unofficial adviser was beforehand recognized. After some details of his work had been highlighted in an August report by state Attorney General Letitia James, the journalist acknowledged it was a “mistake” to have joined in technique calls with a bunch of his brother’s advisors.
But a transcript of Chris Cuomo’s July interview with investigators, in addition to the discharge of 169 pages of emails, textual content messages and different communications supply extra element on his involvement in shaping his brother’s message — and performing as a bulldog sparing with prime aides over technique.
“I was worried that this wasn’t being handled the right way, and it’s not my job to handle it, okay?” Chris Cuomo testified. “I don’t work for the governor. I’m not defending him in this matter. I’m not covering it. You know, this is — this is not what I do.”
“I am worried about my brother and worried that this is being handled the best way it can. And my feeling was that, to my basic mantra, you need to tell the truth and get in front of these if you have something to say. And if you have something to own, you need to do that as well,” he stated.
Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to keep away from a possible impeachment trial, within the wake of an impartial investigation that discovered he sexually harassed at the very least 11 ladies.
Chris Cuomo, the host of NCS’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” has defended himself by saying he by no means reported on Cuomo’s state of affairs for NCS and by no means tried to affect protection.
“I tried to do the right thing,” the host stated on-air in August, including that he “wasn’t in control of anything.”
A message to NCS representatives for remark was not instantly returned.
The transcript of Chris Cuomo’s interview was a part of a brand new batch of supplies launched Monday by the lawyer common’s workplace, gathered throughout its monthslong investigation into the governor’s conduct with ladies.
A duplicate of Gov. Cuomo’s video testimony was launched for the primary time. Transcripts of it had beforehand been made public.
The lawyer common additionally launched transcripts or movies of interviews with a number of of Cuomo’s key aides and advisors, who described their efforts to defend him in opposition to harassment allegations.
The governor’s former prime aide, Melissa DeRosa, wiped away tears as she advised investigators a couple of tense conservation she had in a automobile with Cuomo when she confronted him about his interactions with a former aide who, Charlotte Bennett, who stated she felt just like the governor was hitting on her. Bennett stated he additionally made her uncomfortable with undesirable feedback about her expertise as a sexual assault survivor.
“I can’t believe you put yourself in a situation where you would be having any version of this conversation,” DeRosa stated, recalling what she stated to Cuomo.
DeRosa stated the automobile stopped at a visitors gentle and she or he bought out of the automobile.
DeRosa stated after Bennett’s allegations, the governor’s workplace not left Cuomo alone with junior workers.
DeRosa testified that the change was just like the “Graham-Pence” rule, referring to former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s observe of by no means consuming alone with a lady aside from his spouse. That coverage was impressed by former Evangelist Billy Graham’s preaching.
“She thought that it was important that there were always two people together, if it was a junior staff person, so that there couldn’t be any misperceptions or any conversations that could happen,” DeRosa stated, referring to former particular counsel Judith Mogul.
Villeneuve reported from Albany.