Fredo Cuomo has thrown CNN chief under the bus, claiming that Zucker knew the whole time about his unethical behavior:
THE BLAZE – Disgraced ex-CNN anchor Chris Cuomo accused CNN President Jeff Zucker of having full knowledge of the now-former host’s involvement in attempting to quash the sexual harassment allegations against his brother, ex-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
Cuomo said that Zucker was fully aware of what was happening behind the scenes, according to a Sunday evening report from the Wall Street Journal.
The report, titled “CNN President Jeff Zucker Protected Chris Cuomo. Then Came a U-Turn,” alleged that Zucker stood by Cuomo as early as May following the accusations against the cable news anchor.
“In a virtual town hall with staffers in May, he conceded that Chris Cuomo had ‘made a mistake,’ but also said he wasn’t surprised that the anchor discussed the matter with his brother,” the report read. “Mr. Zucker said suspending Chris Cuomo would be ‘punishment for the sake of punishing.'”
A spokesperson for Cuomo on Sunday told the outlet, “Mr. Cuomo has the highest level of admiration and respect for Mr. Zucker. They were widely known to be extremely close and in regular contact, including about the details of Mr. Cuomo’s support for his brother. There were no secrets about this, as other individuals besides Mr. Cuomo can attest.”
CNN hit right back at Cuomo:
In a fiery statement, CNN said that Cuomo grossly mischaracterized the events as they reportedly took place.
“He has made a number of accusations that are patently false,” the network said in its statement. “This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor.”
Now the word is Cuomo is getting ready to sue CNN for breach of contract and has already hired lawyers:
NY POST – CNN is bracing for a legal battle with fired host Chris Cuomo over his contract, sources said Monday — after a bitter back-and-forth about what the network knew of his secret efforts to aid his embattled brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Chris Cuomo, 51, has hired lawyers and is preparing to file suit against CNN if it doesn’t honor the remainder of the four-year contract he signed last year, sources familiar with the matter told The Post on Monday.
The deal is reportedly worth $6 million annually.
But CNN has “no intention of paying [Chris] Cuomo a penny,” an insider said.
“If he gets a settlement, there would be uproar,” the source added.
Another source said, “CNN has a standard morality clause in their contract that says if the employee does anything of disrepute, they can be immediately fired.”
Lawyers from the white-shoe firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore told CNN that the documents gave the network legal grounds to fire the “Cuomo Prime Time” star for contacting “sources” about planned news reports regarding his brother, as well as trying to dig up dirt on at least one of Andrew’s accusers, sources said.
I suspect CNN will probably win against Cuomo, but I honestly don’t care. They can both go down in flames and the world would be better for it.