CNN suspends Chris Cuomo 'indefinitely' for seeking dirt on brother's accusers

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Chris Cuomo suspended from CNN as text messages reveal how much he aided brother Andrew Cuomo amid the former governor's sexual harassment scandal.

Chris Cuomo suspended from CNN as text messages reveal how much he aided brother Andrew Cuomo amid the former governor's sexual harassment scandal. (Photo: Reuters)

CNN "indefinitely" suspended its star anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday. The news comes one day after officials revealed the Cuomo Prime Time host used media sources to get dirt on women accusing his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.

"The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo's involvements in his brother's defense. The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions," a CNN spokesperson tells Yahoo Entertainment. 

"When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother's staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second," the statement continues. "However, 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, pending further evaluation."

Chris previously apologized for advising his brother's political aides as 11 women claimed the former governor behaved inappropriately while in office.

"There are stories out there about me offering my brother advice. Of course I do. This is no revelation. I have said it publicly, and I certainly have never hidden it," Chris said on his show back in May. "I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family." 

He continued, "Those of you who watch this show get it. Like you, I bet, my family means everything to me. And I am fiercely loyal to them. I am family first, job second."

Chris apologized to CNN, but stood by his decision to help his brother claiming, "I know where the line is."

“Being a journalist and a brother to a politician is… a unique challenge, and I have a unique responsibility to balance those roles,” says @ChrisCuomo regarding reports that he offered advice to his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “It was a mistake.” pic.twitter.com/P0GkglgrYM

— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 21, 2021

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