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A bombshell report from The New York Occasions revealed new particulars about what led to the firing of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. 

Cuomo was initially suspended by CNN over revelations from the New York Legal professional Common’s report that uncovered his involvement in defending his brother, disgraced ex-Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, throughout the governor’s sexual harassment scandal. 

Nevertheless, the “Cuomo Prime Time” host was finally terminated after the community discovered a few sexual misconduct allegation made by a former junior colleague of his throughout their time at ABC Information. 


Whereas particulars of Cuomo’s conduct have been unknown on the time, a surprising report from the Occasions provided a vivid image of the turmoil that befell on the liberal community, together with the contents of the letter high-profile legal professional Debra Katz despatched to CNN detailing the accusation. 

“It relayed a narrative that had begun in 2011 when the girl, who was known as Jane Doe, was a younger short-term ABC worker hoping for a full-time job. Sooner or later, after Mr. Cuomo, an anchor, had provided her profession recommendation, he invited her to lunch in his workplace, in accordance with the letter, interviews with the girl and emails between her and Mr. Cuomo,” the Occasions reported. “When she arrived, there was no meals. As an alternative, Mr. Cuomo badgered her for intercourse, and after she declined, he assaulted her, she stated. She ran out of the room.”

“Cuomo Prime Time” completed November as cable information’ No. 25 most-watched present.  (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

In response to the report, the girl tried to “clean issues over” with pleasant emails to Cuomo within the hopes of touchdown a full-time job at ABC and he or she had advised “5 associates and former colleagues” about “unwelcome sexual requests” from Cuomo however kept away from sharing the assault declare till the previous 12 months. 

Katz’s letter revealed that Cuomo contacted the girl “seemingly out of the blue” “on the top of the #MeToo rebellion” following the downfalls of media icons like Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer and that, in accordance with the Occasions, Cuomo “proposed arranging a CNN section concerning the firm the place she labored doing public relations. The lady tried to keep away from any contact with Mr. Cuomo, however CNN finally broadcast a section anyway.”


“After years with none substantive communication from Mr. Cuomo in anyway, Ms. Doe suspected he was involved about her coming ahead publicly along with her allegations and wished to make use of the proposed section as a possibility to ‘take a look at the waters’ and discourage her from happening the document about his sexual misconduct,” Katz wrote within the letter, including that her consumer didn’t need to develop into “a pawn in an internecine struggle between Zucker, Chris Cuomo and CNN.” 

CNN’s Chris Cuomo was considered one of a number of unpaid, trusted exterior figures consulted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Government Chamber workers to grapple with the quite a few sexual harassment allegations towards him.  (Bishop/NBCU Picture Financial institution/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Photos by way of Getty Photos)

A consultant for Cuomo advised Fox Information Digital the claims “are false. He was by no means requested concerning the allegations previous to being terminated or given a possibility to reply to the allegations.”

Cuomo was beforehand accused of sexual harassment by veteran TV producer Shelley Ross, who alleged that Cuomo grabbed her buttock at a 2005 occasion as ABC colleagues. Ross produced the e-mail he had despatched to her apologizing for the incident within the visitor essay she penned within the New York Occasions final 12 months. 


The Occasions report additionally detailed the shut relationship Cuomo had with Jeff Zucker, CNN’s president who was pressured to resign earlier this month over his affair with a deputy government. 

“Mr. Zucker advised Mr. Cuomo that CNN was suspending him due to his unethical interactions along with his brother, New York’s governor. Mr. Cuomo was shocked and provided to resign. Mr. Zucker countered that the anchor would possibly have the ability to return sooner or later, in accordance with individuals with information of the dialog,” the Occasions reported. “Mr. Cuomo felt reassured. He and Mr. Zucker have been confidants, their fortunes entwined. Mr. Cuomo didn’t trouble to seek the advice of a lawyer.”

A spokesperson for Chris Cuomo stated the previous anchor and CNN boss Jeff Zucker had “no secrets and techniques” concerning his involvement in defending his scandal-plagued massive brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (J. Countess/Getty Photos  |  CNN)

The Occasions reported that Zucker felt Cuomo “had misled him” about his conduct with Gov. Cuomo, writing that the CNN president “was dropping persistence and “initially deliberate to fireplace Mr. Cuomo, earlier than deciding to carry off” earlier than the sexual assault allegation emerged. 


Representatives for Zucker didn’t reply to Fox Information’ request for remark. 

Fox Information’ Brian Flood contributed to this report. 

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