CNN indefinitely suspends Chris Cuomo after texting post to Brother Andrew’s senior assistant

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CNN has indefinitely suspended Chris Cuomo for his communications with Andrew Cuomo’s team over allegations of sexual misconduct against the former governor, a spokesperson for the network said on Tuesday. The suspension comes a day after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a series of text messages between him and Andrew Cuomo’s main collaborator in which he asked to play a larger role in the response.

CNN said the documents “shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense” and “raise serious questions.”

“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we publicly acknowledged him. But we also appreciated the unique position he found himself in and understood his need to. put family first and work second, ”he added. said the statement. “However, these documents indicate a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously thought. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”

Text messages between Chris Cuomo, who is Andrew Cuomo’s younger brother, and Melissa DeRosa, the assistant, show him trying to adapt his brother’s response to the allegations.

Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations, in public and in his own interview with investigators.

“Please let me help you with the preparation,” Chris Cuomo wrote to DeRosa on March 3, after sending his critical notes on one of the governor’s previous press releases.

The posts also show DeRosa asking Chris Cuomo to review items from other outlets that had not yet been published.

“Rumors circulating from politico 1-2 more people will come out tomorrow,” DeRosa wrote to Chris Cuomo on March 7. “Can you check your sources.”

Chris Cuomo said he was “on the spot,” later adding, “No one has heard that yet.”

DeRosa also asked Cuomo if he had “information” on an upcoming New Yorker article written by Ronan Farrow. According to a copy of Chris Cuomo’s deposition released by James’ office on Monday, he told investigators he had contacted “another reporter” to find out when the story would be released, but said he had not. nothing done to influence the story.

Chris Cuomo said he had not told anyone on CNN that he contacted the reporter, saying it was “not something out of the ordinary.”

Isabelle Kirshner, a lawyer who represents Chris Cuomo and attended his testimony, told CBS News on Monday that Chris Cuomo was “being honest” with investigators.

“He never worked on a source for his brother. He was adamant about it,” Kirshner said.

When less detailed reports of Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s response first surfaced in May, he apologized on the air, calling it a “mistake.” He has yet to comment on the suspension.

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