CNN confirms further review of Chris Cuomo’s role in advising his brother amid sexual misconduct allegations
CNN has confirmed its intent to further investigate the latest developments detailing how anchor Chris Cuomo may have helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), do damage control amid the onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations he faced during the early part of the year.
On Monday, November 29, the new information, which consists of "a cache of new documents and transcripts of interviews with investigators," was released by New York Attorney General Letitia James' office. The new developments suggest Chris Cuomo was more involved in his brother's handling of the allegations than what was previously reported.
In its statement, the network addressed the latest findings and indicated how it would handle the situation going forward.
"The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration," CNN said in a statement. "We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days."
The new documents also include text message records that detail the Chris Cuomo's involvement.
"The documents released Monday text messages between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that suggested he was instrumental in working to craft a defense against a flood of sexual misconduct allegations.
The text messages also revealed that Chris Cuomo sought to use his connections in the press to help prepare the then-governor's team as accusers started to make their stories public."
Initially, reports suggested that Chris Cuomo was involved in "strategy calls" to advise his brother on how to respond to the allegations. At the time, the network insisted that it was 'inappropriate' for him to engage in conversations about his brother's crisis and the anchor 'will not participate in such conversations going forward.'"
CNN's statement comes several months after the network first addressed the allegations against the former New York governor and his brother.
"Chris has not been involved in CNN's extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo — on air or behind the scenes." The network's statement added, "In part because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother. However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor's staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations going forward."
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