“Obviously I Can’t Cover It”: Chris Cuomo on Harassment Allegations Against His Brother, NY Governor

“Obviously I can’t cover it,” says Chris Cuomo of the harassment allegations against his brother.

Journalist Chris Cuomo spoke, this Monday, about the accusations of harassment that his older brother, the Democratic Governor of the State of New York, in the United States, Andrew Cuomo, during their primetime show.

The journalist and news anchor of the chain CNN, said that he knows what was happening with his brother, but that he could not cover it due to a conflict of interest.

“You are sincere with me. I’ll be honest with you, ”said the host of “Cuomo Prime Time”. “Obviously I am aware of what is happening with my brother. And obviously I can’t cover it because he’s my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and will continue to do so. “

Cuomo aired moments after the american newspaper The New York Times, disclosed that a third woman had accused the governor of New York of having asked if he could kiss her, at a wedding, in 2019.

At least three women accuse the governor of New York of harassment. EFE / Peter Foley / Archive

In context, last week two former aides of Andrew Cuomo They accused him of sexual harassment, during the time they worked in his administration.

As left-wing journalist Brian Stelter, also from CNN, said on his Twitter account, Chris Cuomo added that “He had always been very concerned about these issues”, allegedly in reference to the harassment allegations.

In addition to these accusations, the Governor of New York, Faces Accusations of Covering Up Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths, for the purpose of avoiding a federal investigation.

The statements of Chris Cuomo They occur after he was allowed to conduct friendly interviews with his older brother last year at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, in which the United States has been the hardest hit country in the world. In recent weeks, various outlets have criticized CNN for allowing Cuomo to joke with his brother during a health crisis.

The journalist’s statement that “obviously” he could not cover his brother now seemed equivalent to saying that his comedy routines on the air, in which he called his brother “Governor of love”, and accepted that he could not be objective , they were inappropriate.

The governor of New York also faces accusations of covering up deaths in nursing homes due to Coronavirus, in order to avoid a federal investigation.  Seth Wenig / Pool via REUTERS

The governor of New York also faces accusations of covering up deaths in nursing homes due to Coronavirus, in order to avoid a federal investigation. Seth Wenig / Pool via REUTERS

To conclude his statement, Cuomo mentioned that “there is a lot of news that also matters, so let’s go later”, and presented the speech that the Former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The New York governor’s political situation has created an awkward situation at CNN, as she was recently forced to announce that she had banned Cuomo from covering or interviewing her older brother.

The news network has paid attention to the sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo last week, yet it was one of the leading networks in building the governor as a primary leader in the fight against coronavirus in 2020.

Charlotte Bennett, a former Cuomo collaborator accused the Democratic governor of having sexually harassed her; Lindsey Boylan, a former advisor to Cuomo, accused him of having had unwanted physical contact, and Anna Ruch, 33, who unlike the previous ones was never his collaborator, told the newspaper The New York Times Cuomo asked her in 2019, during a wedding, if he could kiss her. He stated that prior to that, the governor had placed his hand on the small of his back.

Anna Ruch accused the governor of wanting to kiss her during a wedding in 2019. (The New York Times)

Anna Ruch accused the governor of wanting to kiss her during a wedding in 2019. (The New York Times)

When she took her hand away, she testified, the governor said she seemed “aggressive” to him, and put his hands on her cheeks. He asked Ruch if he could kiss her so hard that a close friend would hear him. This caused the woman to move away from him.

He stated that he felt “Confused, shocked and embarrassed.”

The accusations have complicated things for the 63-year-old governor, who has come under fire, including from his own party, after becoming a national star for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

On Monday, the governor formally authorized him to be investigated for the accusations. Letitia JamesThe state attorney general said Cuomo’s office gave him written authorization to conduct an independent investigation.

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