3:50 p.m. PT – A representative for Cuomo told TMZ… “As far as they were sent to CNN to deny what Chris Cuomo told his audience, he fully supports his on-air statements about its connection to these issues, both professionally and in a deeply personal way. If the purpose of these bogus and unverified accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his wrongful dismissal. “
Now we know what forced CNN’s hand to fire Chris cuomo – the guy was charged with sexual misconduct this week … it’s like he was already on thin ice.
Lawyer Debra S. Katz came out on Sunday to reveal she was held up by a woman who wanted to go public with an allegation against the ex-presenter … something she was apparently inspired to do after hearing about her involvement in the own scandal of his brother.
She says that while Governor Cuomo’s mess unfolded in public, Chris went on the air for his own show and said, “I’ve always cared about these issues very much and deeply. I just wanted to let you know. ” Katz adds: “Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air comments and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained a lawyer to report his serious sexual misconduct against him to CNN. “
According to the NYT, the woman – who remains anonymous for now – is a former junior colleague of Chris from another network, and her claims have no connection with Governor Cuomo.
Katz goes on to describe how she contacted CNN on Wednesday – two days after her suspension – to report her client’s allegations against Chris… and on Friday she says she was already in talks with the network to provide evidence and make the woman available. for an interview with CNN’s outside lawyer.
She ends by saying: “My vsThe client came forward at this time because she felt that by 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. “
It is not yet clear what the woman is alleging against Chris, but her rep said that “the apparently anonymous allegations are not true”. CNN says they already have had a reason to terminate Chris, but when they learned of this woman’s claims they saw no reason to delay any further.