Cuomo’s exit came after the longtime presenter claimed he helped his brother, Andrew Cuomo, while the former New York governor faced multiple charges of sexual harassment, which ultimately cost him his job. politician.
“Based on the report we received regarding Chris’ conduct with his brother’s defense, we had reason to terminate,” the network said in a statement at the time. “When new allegations reached us this week, we took them seriously and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”
Freedman argued that “it should now be obvious that Chris Cuomo did not lie to CNN about helping his brother” in a new statement to Deadline March 16.
“In fact, as the limited information from WarnerMedia’s investigation clearly shows, CNN’s top executives were not only aware of Chris’s involvement in helping his brother, but also actively helping the governor, both through Chris and directly themselves,” the Hollywood attorney continued. “As CNN has admitted, network standards were changed in a calculated decision to boost ratings. When those practices were called into question, Chris became the scapegoat.
Freedman’s defense of Cuomo and ‘that CNN wrongfully terminated’ the TV presenter argument comes after he fought vigorously to defend other celebrity clients including Megyn Kelly, Chris Harrison, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Spacey.