L.A, 2022-03-16 17:22:03. Chris Cuomo wants $125 million for his ‘illegal’ CNN launch
NEW YORK – Chris Cuomo wants an arbitrator to give him $125 million to fire him from CNN, claiming his bosses know all too well how he advised his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and suggesting they did the same themselves.
His lawsuit to seek arbitration on Wednesday exposed more ugliness at the network, as Cuomo, CNN President Jeff Zucker, and senior vice president Alison Goulst have been fired for the past three months.
Zucker Cuomo, the host of the network’s most popular prime-time show, was fired in December after a New York attorney general’s report publicly revealed new details about how he helped his brother devise a strategy to combat allegations of sexual harassment.
“It should be clear by now that Chris Cuomo didn’t lie to CNN about helping his brother,” his attorney, Brian Friedman, said. “Indeed, as limited information from the WarnerMedia investigation demonstrates, senior CNN executives not only knew of Chris’ involvement in helping his brother but also actively assisted the governor, both through Chris and themselves directly.”
There was no comment Wednesday from a representative for Zucker and Gollust. The spokeswoman, Risa Heller, has in the past denied that Golust, a former press aide to Governor Cuomo, advised or advised the governor while she was at CNN.
CNN declined to comment on the recording.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Chris Cuomo interviewed his older brother on CNN nine times – a temporary lifting of the network’s policy of not engaging Chris Cuomo in stories about the governor.
In his filing Wednesday, Chris Cuomo said CNN leadership requested interviews even though he and his brother had expressed reservations about them.
He said Zucker and Golest had tried to strengthen the network’s ties with his brother and had pushed the New York governor not to appear on other networks. He said they asked the governor to hold his daily briefings at a time when CNN’s assessments needed strengthening.
“The network parameters were changed in a calculated decision to increase the ratings,” Friedman said. “When these practices were called into question, Chris became a scapegoat.”
Cuomo also dragged two ex-colleagues into his complaint, saying Don Lemon and Jake Tapper were never disciplined for incidents seen as ethical lapses — Lemon texting Jussie Smollett when the actor was accused of making false allegations of a racial attack, Tapper alleges He advises Jussie Smollett. Politician.
The former Cuomo Prime Time host said in the complaint that the networking standards were a “moving target,” modified as Zucker and Goulst saw fit.
The complaint said that because of his “unjustifiably tarnished” journalistic integrity, Cuomo would have difficulty finding work in his field in the future and was seeking $125 million in damages.
Zucker resigned under pressure earlier this year after it was revealed he had violated the company’s practices by not revealing his romance with Gollust. She was forced out shortly thereafter.
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