CNN’s Chris Cuomo suspended due to role in previous government. Andrew Cuomo’s sex scandal

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – CNN on Tuesday suspended its top news anchor, Chris Cuomo, for his role in defending his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, over allegations of sexual harassment.

The cable news channel said in a statement that the suspension followed the release of new court documents on Monday.

“These documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, awaiting further evaluation,” CNN said.

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Andrew Cuomo var forced to resign as governor in August after several allegations of sexual misconduct. He has denied any wrongdoing.

CNN TV news anchor Chris Cuomo poses as he arrives at the WarnerMedia Upfront event in New York City, New York, USA, May 15, 2019. REUTERS / Mike Segar

Chris Cuomo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cuomo, who hosts CNN’s most-watched news show in prime time, had admitted in May that he broke some of the network’s rules by advising his brother on how to handle the charges from a PR perspective. He also promised not to report on the case in the air.

CNN said Tuesday that at the time, it “appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put the family first and the job second,” but said the new documents “raise serious questions.”

The documents released by New York Justice Minister Letitia James showed text and other messages in which Cuomo sought to use his own sources in the media to find out information about the case and the women involved in it.

ONE criminal complaint Andrew Cuomo’s charge of sexual misconduct was filed Oct. 29 in a New York court.

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Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Leslie Adler

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