CNN has suspended Chris Cuomo “indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” following new disclosures about how he helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in the midst of a scandal over allegations sexual harassment.
The network said documents released by New York’s attorney general Letitia James, Monday indicated Cuomo took a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than CNN executives previously knew.
The documents included text messages between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, a former top aide to his brother.
“Can you check your sources,” Ms DeRosa asked in one such text message on March 7.
Mr Cuomo replied: “On it.”
“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the network said.
Cuomo pressed sources for information on his brother’s accusers and reported back to the governor’s staff, and was active in helping craft their response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for state Attorney General Letitia James. Her office found Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.
Chris Cuomo previously acknowledged talking to his brother and offering advice when the governor faced harassment charges. But the information released Monday revealed far more details about what exactly Chris Cuomo did. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid a likely impeachment trial.