CNN has suspended its star host Chris Cuomo indefinitely after a recent document dump exposed his role in his brother’s efforts to fight his sexual abuse allegations.
His brother Andrew, New York’s disgraced former governor, was forced to resign over the scandal.
The network issued a statement that said:
“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.
“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly.
“But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second.
“However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew.
“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.”
Earlier CNN and Cuomo said the anchor played a role in responding to the harassment claims in May calling the decision “inappropriate.”
“I am family first, job second,” Cuomo said on his show that evening in May.
“It was a mistake, because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot.
“I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I’m sorry for that.”
Newly unsealed documents show Cuomo playing a far more active role than acknowledged.
According to the documents, Cuomo said:
“I would — when asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out.
“I was frequently in contact when we would hear word that there were other people coming out.
“Or there was more to be learned about somebody, I would talk to other journalists to hear what they had heard.
“I called a fellow journalist who works with Ronan a lot. And I didn’t want to contact Ronan directly. I know him.
“He’s — he’s been good to me. He’s been on my show. But I didn’t want to — I didn’t want to push up on him like that. It’s not right.
“The concern was that Ronan always has more people. You know, I mean, that’s part of his currency as a journalist, is that people come to him to expand understandings.
“I know he has his critics. But, to me, that’s when he’s at his best.
“So the assumption was he must have new people if he’s waiting so long to have written about this.
“And then he didn’t. So, what the context is specifically is: I had heard that all he was writing, the only person he was writing about was Lindsey Boylan.
“I wasn’t going to call Ronan Farrow. I wasn’t going to try to influence any of the stories. And we know that that’s true because you would have read about it had I.
“It’s not exactly a loyalty-based business.
“If I had tried to influence any of the reporting at CNN or anywhere else, I guarantee you you people would know, and so would a lot of others.
“So the idea of one reporter calling another to find out about what’s coming down the pipe is completely business-as-usual,” he said.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 30, 2021