CNN fires presenter Chris Cuomo for his role in his brother’s sex scandal | Media news

A veteran news anchor has been fired for helping defend the brother and former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo against allegations of sexual assault.

CNN has fired news anchor and reporter Chris Cuomo amid an investigation into his efforts to help his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, deal with allegations of sexual misconduct.

The network said in a statement on Saturday that “additional information” came to light during its investigation into Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s case.

Cuomo, 51, who hosted CNN’s most-watched prime-time news program, was also suspended Tuesday.

He admitted in May that he had violated some cable news network rules in advising his brother on how to handle the allegations from a PR perspective.

Andrew Cuomo, 63, forced get down as governor in August after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. He has denied any wrongdoing.

In its statement, CNN said, “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information emerging about his involvement in the defense of his brother.”

“We have retained a reputable law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated it, effective immediately,” she added.

The network did not provide details of the new information.

In a statement on Twitter, Cuomo said he was disappointed.

“It’s not how I want my time at CNN to end, but I’ve already told you why and how you helped my brother,” he said.

In journalism, using one’s position to defend a personal cause or to conduct investigations for personal reasons is considered a violation of ethics.

Chris Cuomo was initially suspended after New York Attorney General Letitia James displayed a text and other messages in which he sought to use his own sources in the news media to learn about the case and the women involved.

A criminal complaint accusing Andrew Cuomo of a misdemeanor sex offense was filed October 29 in New York court.

Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, gained national fame last year during the COVID-19 outbreak for his briefing on how New York handled the pandemic and often appeared on his brother’s show at the time.

Chris Cuomo, who has tested positive for the coronavirus and was at one point self-isolating in his basement, actually participated in a briefing his brother was giving other reporters.

The brothers’ father, the late Mario Cuomo, also served as Governor of New York.

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Andrew Naughtie

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