Fired CNN host Chris Cuomo just got even more bad news and got hit with a new sexual misconduct allegation. CNN learned about the new sexual misconduct charge against Cuomo days before he was terminated.
The claim came from attorney Debra S. Katz who is representing the accuser, a “former junior colleague at another network.” The allegation is “unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.”
Katz said her client “came forward because she was disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made against his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
A CNN spokesperson said: “Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate.
“When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”
Steven Goldberg, a spokesman for Cuomo, said “These apparently anonymous allegations are not true. If the goal in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his unwarranted termination.”
Chris Cuomo said in a statement: “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 and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
From Fox News:
Shelley Ross, a veteran TV producer, went public in September, penning a guest essay in The New York Times alleging that Cuomo squeezed her buttock at a work function in 2005 while the two of them were colleagues at ABC News.
She shared the email he had sent to her apologizing for the incident.
“It is always disturbing to watch someone’s fall from grace,” Ross told Fox News in reaction to Cuomo’s firing.
“Many people lost very important jobs in the wake of the sexual harassment scandals surrounding Gov. Cuomo.”
“I am glad that CNN will fall on the right side of history. Those who harass women, strategize to silence or smear those who come forward, must be held accountable,” Ross added.