New Details About Gov. Cuomo's СNN Anchor Brother Advising Him on Sexual Harassment Crisis Revealed
11:40 GMT 04.08.2021 (Updated: 18:38 GMT 11.08.2021)
© AP Photo / Evan AgostiniCNN news anchor Chris Cuomo attends the WarnerMedia Upfront at Madison Square Garden on 15 May 2019, in New York.
© AP Photo / Evan Agostini
The report mentions Chris Cuomo among the people whom the Governor and the Executive Chamber “actively consulted” in response to the sexual harassment allegations.
A new report by the New York state attorney general on the investigation of sexual harassment allegations brought against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has shed new light on how his brother Chris, a prominent CNN anchor, advised him on how to deal with said accusations.
According to the report, internal documents and communications that were obtained during the investigation apparently show that Chris Cuomo, along with the governor’s advisors, counselled Andrew Cuomo to "express contrition" following the publishing of allegations from Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to the governor.
Chris also apparently proposed the lines that were included in the statement issued by Gov. Cuomo in February in response to the allegations, and that political consultant Lis Smith wrote in one message chain "I don't love that part but Chris/Andrew wanted in" and "Chris wants to make sure we have enough contrition in here."
© Photo : State of New York Office of the Attorney General Letitia JamesScreenshot from Appendix III to the Report of Investigation Into Allegations of Sexual Harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Screenshot from Appendix III to the Report of Investigation Into Allegations of Sexual Harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
© Photo : State of New York Office of the Attorney General Letitia James
The report also mentions Chris Cuomo among the people whom the Governor and the Executive Chamber “actively consulted” in response to the sexual harassment allegations.
As The Hill points out, the report led many to raise questions regarding Chris Cuomo’s credibility.
Reports about Chris Cuomo coaching his governor brother on how to respond to the latter's sexual misconduct allegations emerged in May, with The Hill pointing out that these reports "led many to raise questions" about Chris’ credibility, and prompted criticism of CNN.
At that time, Chris Cuomo apologised for his "mistake" of getting involved in the issue in question, saying that he “can be objective about just about any topic” but not about his family.