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President Donald Trump responded to CNN’s decision to terminate the employment of its star anchor Chris Cuomo.
In just one sentence, Trump bluntly said, “He should have never had a job in the first place.”
Cuomo was fired over his involvement in his brother’s alleged sexual misconduct, but it appears there is more to the story, according to Fox News.
Just days before his firing, CNN reportedly learned about a new sexual misconduct allegation against disgraced anchor Chris Cuomo.
A CNN spokesperson initially said, “Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate.”
Then the spokesperson added, “When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”
Trump explained, “CNN finally fired Fredo. I called him Fredo. Chris Cuomo.”
“We fought. Now Fredo is fired,” Trump said.
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“CNN finally fired Fredo. He should have never had a job in the first place. I called him Fredo. Chris Cuomo. We fought. Now Fredo is fired.” pic.twitter.com/BWXBWGaGa5
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 5, 2021
Attorney Debra S. Katz, who is representing an accuser against Cuomo, told reporters that her client has accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct which is “unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.”
Katz confirmed her client is a “former junior colleague at another network.”
Her client “came forward because she was disgusted by Chris Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations made against his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
At the time, Cuomo told CNN viewers, “I have always cared very deeply about these issues, and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.”
This comment encouraged Katz’s client to take action.
After a months-long investigation and 165-page report, New York Attorney General Letitia James confirmed there are well-corroborated allegations that Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women and retaliated against a former employee who complained.
The text message communication with his brother Chris Cuomo revealed how helped his brother.
Chris helped advise Andrew on how to respond to reports about his inappropriate groping, kissing, hugging, and remarks. Andrew eventually resigned.
Even MSNBC journalist Laura Bassett argues Chris should “resign from covering politics” over the scandal.
CNN was forced to issue a statement amid the damning revelations of its star anchor Chris Cuomo, Fox News reports, and his unprecedented involvement in his brother’s inner circle.
Chris is accused of using his sources in the media to assist with the reporting that was being done on the governor’s accusers.
If this story is accurate, it describes a series of shocking ethical breaches — fireable offenses at any other news outlet. https://t.co/EqFsllFk9m
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) November 29, 2021
More from Fox News:
Text messages released by state investigators showed top Andrew Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa asking about “intel” the CNN anchor had on March 15 about Ronan Farrow’s reporting on the scandal, to which he replied it wasn’t ready for publication. Farrow’s story was eventually published by the New Yorker on March 18.
Cuomo’s admission contradicts what he told CNN viewers in August when he claimed, “I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.”
The anchor also admitted to investigators he provided the governor’s office advice on his brother’s messaging of his handling of the coronavirus outbreak…
“Just to be clear, if anyone else on CNN’s roster did this, they’d not only be fired but blacklisted from journalism period,” MSNBC columnist Eric Michael Garcia insisted.
“It’s hard to imagine any news executive keeping Chris Cuomo on staff after today’s revelations. Then again, as CNN likes to say, ‘THIS is CNN,’” Columbia Journalism School professor Bill Grueskin tweeted.
Chris himself has also been accused of sexual misconduct.
“I was groped,” says Shelley Ross, a veteran television journalist and former executive producer for ABC News.
Ross accuses CNN host Chris Cuomo of sexually harassing her when they worked together at ABC News.
As evidence, Ross provided an email in which CNN’s Chris Cuomo appears to admit to the incident. Cuomo is accused of squeezing her buttock without her permission in 2005.
In an email from Cuomo on the same day, he admits that he was “ashamed” of his behavior. Cuomo even notes that actor Christian Slater had been arrested for similar conduct. Cuomo asked Ross to pass along an apology to her “very good and noble husband.”
“I apologize to you as well, for even putting you in such a position,” the email states. Cuomo concludes that he would remember his lesson the next time he was happy to see her.
“I was hoping that in 15, 16 years that he had changed, but he’s no more enlightened today than he was then, as demonstrated by his response,” Ross says. Cuomo responded, “As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it.”
Ross then fired back. “I don’t acknowledge that there’s anything that was ‘our interaction.’ I was not a participant. I was groped,” Ross explained. “And so to say that I acknowledge interaction, no. That shows a lack of enlightenment.”
Cuomo is currently CNN’s “most-watched host” and currently anchors the show “Cuomo Prime Time.” The problem of sexual harassment allegedly runs in the Cuomo family.