Where did Chris Cuomo work before CNN? Ex-colleague alleges 'sexual misconduct'
CNN's firing of Chris Cuomo was a result of a sexual harassment allegation against him, it has been revealed by attorney Debra Katz on December 6. She took to Twitter saying she was working with a client who allegedly is the younger Cuomo's victim. Katz stated her client is closely working with the network, co-operating in their investigation against the former 'Cuomo Prime Time' anchor.
CNN announced they had "terminated" Cuomo on December 4 "effective immediately." This development came amid the investigation surrounding his involvement with helping defend his brother Andrew Cuomo, the former New York governor who had to step down from his position amid raging sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by multiple women. "We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately," a statement posted to CNN's official communications Twitter account said.
Statement on Chris Cuomo’s termination from CNN. pic.twitter.com/yKPwYtMznD— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 4, 2021
Where did Chris Cuomo work before joining CNN?
Chris Cuomo's accuser is from his former workplace, Katz's statement revealed. His LinkedIn page reveals, "Before joining CNN, Cuomo was the co-anchor of '20/20' the Emmy Award-winning ABC Newsmagazine, and Chief Law and Justice Correspondent for ABC News. He formerly co-anchored 'Good Morning America' where he covered international breaking news as the primary reporter." The Fordham University School of Law graduate received multiple awards including a News Emmy for profiling a 12-year-old poet named Mattie Stepanek on 'GMA'. "He has received Polk and Peabody awards for his team coverage throughout the years, and the Edward R. Murrow award for his work covering breaking news," his profile further reads.
Cuomo has been accused of "serious sexual misconduct" by his former colleague who is choosing to stay anonymous. Attorney Katz's statement which was issued after CNN firing the anchor reads, "In the wake of public sexual harassment allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo looked directly into the camera and told viewers of Cuomo Prime Time, 'I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so'. I just wanted to tell you that." Subsequently, the Attorney General released jaw-dropping documentary evidence demonstrating that Chris played an active role in attempting to smear women whom the Attorney General concluded had made serious allegations of seuxal harassment and sexual misconduct against the Governor.
NEW—> statement from Debra Katz on CNN’s firing of Chris Cuomo pic.twitter.com/RkmQG6aZgE— Sarah Ellison (@sarahellison) December 5, 2021
"Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo's on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN. On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, I contacted CNN to report my client's allegations of misconduct against Chris Cuomo. By Friday, I was in discussions with CNN about providing documentary evidence of my client's allegations and making my client available for an interview with CNN's outside counsel. Last night, CNN acted promptly on my client's complaint and fired Mr Cuomo.
"My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women. She will continue to cooperate with CNN's investigation into her allegations. Given the nature of her allegations, she wishes to remain anonymous, and we ask that you respect this decision," the statement concluded. The anchor has denied these allegations against him, and his representative Steven Goldberg released a statement describing these as "false and unvetted."
"These apparently anonymous allegations are not true. To the extent that they were sent to CNN to negate what Chris Cuomo told his audience, he fully stands by his on-air statements about his connection to these issues, both professionally and in a profoundly personal way. If the goal in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his unwarranted termination," Goldberg's statement read.