Chris Cuomo: CNN suspends presenter over sexual misconduct

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chris Cuomo joined CNN in 2017 from NBC

CNN has suspended political commentator Chris Cuomo for six months after he failed to report details of sexual misconduct allegations against his brother in the New York Times.

The allegations, reported by the paper last month, related to the media mogul’s youth in the 1980s and 1990s.

An internal review found Cuomo had an obligation to “properly assert” the allegations, CNN said.

He was suspended at the request of executives.

Cuomo, 54, joined CNN in 2017 from NBC, where he was a co-anchor of the “Today” show. He is the eldest son of legendary former New York governor Mario Cuomo.

Sexual misconduct allegations

His brother, former ABC news anchor and author Mario Cuomo, told the New York Times he had known about the allegations since the 1990s. He was unaware of their details until the newspaper published them in June.

The allegations concern a man who has denied the claims, the paper said.

Mario Cuomo accused Cuomo, who lives in New York and writes a daily column for the New York Daily News, of poor judgment and a “failure of responsibility” and said his brother “violated his duty as a journalist”.

Image copyright CNN Image caption Chris Cuomo is the eldest son of late former New York governor Mario Cuomo

He said his brother had “cooperated with him” and noted the accusations were “against the manager of a restaurant where he worked at the time”.

The allegations relate to when the brothers were both teenagers and were published on CNN, ABC, Time and other publications.

They are not the first allegation of sexual misconduct to emerge against Mario Cuomo’s nephew. A young woman sued the governor in 1992, alleging he “created a pornographic film in his attic with audio from James Brown”.

The governor, then 48, was accused of sexual misconduct on numerous occasions.

He denied the charges, saying he filmed the film to teach his children how to listen to others.

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