CNN host Chris Cuomo came under fire for saying he cannot cover his brother Andrew Cuomo’s growing sexual harassment scandal despite repeatedly hosting friendly interviews with the New York governor throughout the pandemic.
“Before we start tonight, let me say something that I am sure is very obvious to you who watch my show,” Chris Cuomo said on Monday. “Obviously, I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother.”
The comment quickly came under fire from journalists.
“That makes sense,” tweeted the New York Times’ Annie Karni. “What never made sense to me was Chris Cuomo covering him when things were going well for Andrew Cuomo.”
“Why did this logic not obtain during the pandemic?” questioned former NBC and Fox News host Megyn Kelly. “Was Andrew not Chris’s brother then?”
Cuomo scandal grows:
A third woman accused Cuomo of inappropriate contact on Monday.
Anna Ruch told The New York Times that Cuomo made unwanted advances toward her at a 2019 wedding reception. After she removed his hand from her back, she said, he asked “can I kiss you?” and kissed her on the face.
The allegation comes after former aide Charlotte Bennett accused Cuomo of unwanted advances and asking her personal questions about her sex life.
Cuomo argued that he made playful comments that were misconstrued as flirting.
Bennett came forward after former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan accused Cuomo of harassing her on multiple occasions and giving her an unsolicited kiss on the lips in his office.
Cuomo denied Boylan’s allegations.
Cuomo faces calls for resignation:
The New York Attorney General is launching an investigation into the allegations. But some Democrats say they’ve heard enough, The New York Post reports.
“The time has come. The Governor must resign,” said Democratic New York Rep. Kathleen Rice.
State Senators Alessandra Biaggi and Gustavo Rivera and state Assemblywoman Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas also called for him to step down.
“Stick a fork in him — he’s done,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti. “Three strikes and you are out.”