WATCH: The Chris Cuomo Testimony That Led to CNN Firing
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The state attorney general’s office released videos of Chris Cuomo’s testimony from its investigation into sexual harassment allegations against disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), where he former CNN anchor acknowledged helping his brother navigate the sexual harassment scandal.
“When asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out,” Chris Cuomo said, describing his efforts to uncover impending allegations against the governor.
Chris Cuomo’s interview footage was among the latest collection released by Attorney General Letitia James’ office, whose investigation into Andrew Cuomo ultimately led him to resign.
In December, CNN fired Cuomo, 51, less than a week after transcripts from his July 15 testimony were made public.
Chris Cuomo testified that he told the then-governor not to “go after” his accusers. When asked if they’d spoken about the allegations and cancel culture, Cuomo said he told his older brother that he couldn’t “ignore” the claims.
“I advised him that you cannot ignore these, that it’s not going to go away; not in our society, not in our media culture, and not in your party,” Cuomo testified.
“And that’s why you can’t go after your accusers. It’s not right. It’s not allowed. The only path is process. That’s the only path. Have things investigated. Have somebody independent who looks at this, and let people judge what they find.”
Chris Cuomo also said he advised his “very good friend” Alec Baldwin to “stay out of it” after the actor offered to post a video railing against cancel culture in defense of the governor.
“I didn’t think Alec Baldwin weighing in was helpful or respectful to the situation,” he added. “And I was trying to help my brother, and it just didn’t seem that helpful to me.”
Video of Chris Cuomo testimony that led to CNN firing released by New York attorney general