Chris Cuomo Silent On Brother's Sexual Harassment Scandal Because Of Ban From CNN, Colleague Says

ToplineCNN has banned anchor Chris Cuomo, who was accused of sexual harassment against his brother by another network anchor, from reporting on the matter. This is in response to criticisms that the Cuomo Prime Time anchor's silence for days has been detrimental to his and CNNs credibility.NEW YORK (NY) - DECEMBER 9: Chris Cuomo attended the 12th Annual CNN Heroes An All-Star Tribute at... American Museum of Natural History in New York City on December 9, 2018. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For CNN ) Getty Images For CNNThe Key FactsStelter stated that Brian Stelter, CNN's anchor of Reliable Sources, has been informed by the network management that Cuomo can not talk about his brother on television and that Cuomo cannot collaborate with New York governors aides in order to find a solution to the scandal. This ban was imposed after a report by the New York Attorney Generals Office found that the CNN anchor had participated in strategy sessions with his brothers' aides. Cuomo was mentioned four times in the report's 165 pages. He was one of many outside advisors who received confidential and often privileged information that could have an impact on the government, despite not having any formal duty, responsibility, or obligation. Forbes did not immediately reply to a request for comment.Important BackgroundCuomo had previously acknowledged and apologized for his role in advising his brother, as reported by The Washington Post's March issue. After significant backlash, Cuomo admitted that it was a mistake. "I put my colleagues here, whom I believe to be the best in business, in a bad place." After Letitia James, New York State Attorney General, released a report alleging Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women, he has been back in the hot seat. CNN's anchor didn't address his brother's claims, which prompted criticism from both within and outside of the network. Some suggested that he should be fired or suspended.Important QuoteStelter stated that he had spoken to several of his colleagues about the matter and that they felt mixed feelings. Stelter stated that the lines between Chris and his staff are too blurred. Many CNNers expressed their support for Stelter and appreciation for his anchoring abilities.TangentCuomo announced Friday that he will be taking a week-long vacation from CNN. Stelter and Cuomo described it as a routine, as he takes time off each year for his birthday. Cuomo said that he would be fishing during a segment of CNN's public affairs podcast The Handoff.Surprising FactCuomo never interviewed his brother before the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Cuomo Prime Time would often feature the governor to discuss New York's situation. These often humorous appearances were made at a time when Governor Cuomo's popularity was on the rise, but still raised ethical questions. Cuomo stated that he could not cover the allegations against his brother because he was my brother. Naturally, CNN must cover it.Continue readingCNN's Cuomo Conundrum - A Star Anchor with a Brother in Trouble (The New York Times).CNN's Chris Cuomo will take a week off amid the Brother Andrew Cuomos Scandal. (Wall Street Journal).