CNN suspends star anchor Chris Cuomo over help to former governor brother
New York City, US, Nov 30 (EFE).- CNN announced on Tuesday the indefinite suspension of one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, after details emerged about his efforts to help his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, as he faced sexual harassment accusations.
His show “Cuomo Prime Time” is “frequently CNN’s most-watched hour of the day,” the network said.
The decision came after New York Attorney General Letitia James published documents on Monday that revealed more details of the behind-the-scenes involvement Cuomo had in the former governor’s team with managing the allegations.
His actions are widely considered to be a breach of journalistic ethical standards.
“The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense,” CNN said in a statement Tuesday evening.
“The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions.”
Cuomo previously admitted talking to his brother about the scandal, but CNN said these documents revealed his involvement went further.
“When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly,” CNN said, adding that it “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,” the network added.
In a testimony transcript, and numerous emails and text messages between the anchor and aides of the former governor, Cuomo repeatedly offered help in the defense, and tried to get information from other journalists and sources.
Andrew Cuomo resigned from his post in August following James’ report that concluded he had sexually harassed at least 11 women.
The governor of New York for more than a decade and Chris Cuomo are the sons of former governor Mario Cuomo. EFE