By Le Figaro with AFP
The channel accuses him of having advised his brother, the former governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, on the charges of sexual assault which led to him being indicted in October.
The American news channel CNN announced Tuesday, November 30 in the evening of the sidelined host and star reporter Chris Cuomo for advising his brother, former New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, on charges of sexual assault leading to his indictment in October.
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The two brothers, Andrew and Chris Cuomo, gained very strong national notoriety when the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged New York in 2020, thanks to the points state governor Andrew’s press and his live interactions on CNN with his brother Chris, sometimes with humor and hindsight. But accused of harassment and assault for several months by former state employees, the 63-year-old governor ended up resigning on August 11, a week after the publication of a damning investigative report. “Serious questions”
“The services of the Attorney General (of the State) of New York
(Letitia James) published transcripts on Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense ”, said Tuesday evening a spokesperson for CNN quoted on the site of the chain. “These documents (…) raise serious questions” and “reveal a level of involvement in helping his bigger brother than what we knew ”, he added. “We have therefore suspended Chris indefinitely pending a further review” of the situation, said the spokesperson again.
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Andrew Cuomo was indicted at the end of October for sexual assault on a former collaborator in December 2020 and could face criminal trial. A first court appearance in the state capital, Albany, scheduled for Nov. 17 has been postponed to early January. The Cuomo brothers are the sons of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo in the 1980s and 1990s, descendants of Italian immigrants. Presenter and reporter Anderson Cooper will take over from Chris Cuomo, CNN said.