Chris Cuomo is officially out at CNN.
The news channel said in a statement, “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately.”
He also released a statement that said, “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. 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,” he continued, “and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
An attorney is now saying CNN may have known about the sexual harassment allegations against Chris Cuomo before the anchor was fired.
According to Debra Katz, the lawyer for the person accusing Cuomo, CNN had been made aware of the claims days before he left the network. This comes after it was revealed that Cuomo had a large role in defending his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, from similar allegations.
“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,” said Katz.
CNN originally suspended Cuomo, but fired him on Saturday after “additional information has come to light.”
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