Days before being axed from CNN, Chris Cuomo was reportedly accused of sexual misconduct.
Attorney Debra Katz announced on Sunday, December 5, that her client, a woman who is remaining anonymous, alleged "serious sexual misconduct" by the anchor, and said she had contacted CNN about the allegation on Wednesday, December 1 — one day after CNN suspended Cuomo "indefinitely."
CNN announced Cuomo's termination on Saturday, December 4. "Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother's [Andrew Cuomo] defense," the network said in a statement at the time. "We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately."
"While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate," CNN concluded.
"In the wake of public sexual harassment allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo looked directly into the camera and told viewers of Cuomo Prime Time, 'I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that,'" Katz said in a statement.
"Subsequently, the Attorney General released jaw-dropping documentary evidence demonstrating that Chris Cuomo played an active role in attempting to smear the women whom the Attorney General concluded had made serious allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against the Governor," Katz continued.
"Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo's on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN," the statement continued.
The accuser felt she needed to share her story so "she could help protect other women."
"These apparently anonymous allegations are not true," Steven Goldberg, a spokesperson for the former TV personality, told The New York Times.
The spokesman insisted his client "fully stands by his on-air statements about his connection to these issues, both professionally and in a profoundly personal way. If the goal in making these false and unvetted accusations was to see Mr. Cuomo punished by CNN, that may explain his unwarranted termination."