The real reason why Chris Cuomo was likely fired from CNN has been revealed.
Cuomo was fired on Saturday evening from CNN after an investigation into his role in helping his brother and disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo respond to allegations of sexual assault. The anchor was suspended on Tuesday after it was revealed that he had been using his sources to help smear his brother’s accusers.
It has since been revealed that CNN learned of sexual misconduct allegations being made toward Chris Cuomo from Debra S. Katz, a left-wing attorney representing the woman accusing the former CNN anchor. The allegation comes from a woman who worked with Cuomo at another network.
Katz released the following statement outlining her timeline of events:
“In the wake of public sexual harassment allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo looked directly into the camera and told viewers of Cuomo Prime Time, “I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.” Subsequently, the Attorney General released jaw-dropping documentary evidence demonstrating that Chris Cuomo played an active role in attempting to smear women whom the Attorney General concluded had made serious allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against the Governor. Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN.
On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, I contacted CNN to report my client’s allegations of misconduct against Chris Cuomo. By Friday, I was in discussions with CNN about providing documentary evidence of my client’s allegations and making my client available for an interview with CNN’s outside counsel. Last night, CNN acted promptly on my client’s complaint and fired Mr. Cuomo.
My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women. She will continue to cooperate with CNN’s investigation into her allegations. Given the nature of her allegations, she wishes to remain anonymous, and we ask that you respect this decision.”
Chris Cuomo was also accused of sexual misconduct from a former producer of his. Shelley Ross produced Primetime Live on ABC when Cuomo was the anchor. She wrote a piece for the New York Times where she accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her.
In the piece, Ross details the harassment she received from Cuomo:
At the time, I was the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special, but I was Mr. Cuomo’s executive producer at “Primetime Live” just before that. I was at the [A going-away] party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends. When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.
“I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss,” he said to me with a kind of cocky arrogance. “No you can’t,” I said, pushing him off me at the chest while stepping back, revealing my husband, who had seen the entire episode at close range. We quickly left.
With the new allegations from the unnamed woman, CNN has decided to cut ties with the former Anchor. It should be noted that Cuomo still hosts a radio show on SiriusXM.
Cuomo released the following statement on his termination from CNN:
This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” Chris Cuomo said in a statement. “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.