CNN anchor and Southampton resident Chris Cuomo broke his long-running silence on August 16 when he addressed his role in the scandals that resulted in the resignation of his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Cuomo Prime Time host told viewers that he was just being brotherly when giving his sibling advice on how to address accusations that Andrew allegedly sexually harassed women who worked with governor.
“I tried to be there for my brother,” Chris said on his show. “I’m not an adviser, I’m a brother. I wasn’t in control of anything. I was there to listen, offer my take.”
Investigators with the New York State attorney general’s office probing the harassment allegations confirmed reports that the broadcaster had advised the governor on how to respond to the accusations of unwanted kissing, hugging, comments and touching.
CNN rules had prohibited Chris from reporting on his brother, but Andrew made several appearances on the cable news show in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, when all eyes were on the governor. When the scandal broke, CNN again enforced the rule keeping Andrew off Chris’ show.
The state Assembly’s judiciary committee — which had halted its impeachment probe into the governor following Andrew’s announcement that he’d step down on August 24 and later said it would issue a report on its findings — was also looking into whether laws were broken when the governor fast-tracked COVID-19 tests for Chris.