American News Aug 24, 2021 3:25 PM EST

BREAKING: Andrew Cuomo's honorary Emmy award rescinded amidst sexual harassment scandal

Cuomo's "name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward," the International Academy announced.

BREAKING: Andrew Cuomo's honorary Emmy award rescinded amidst sexual harassment scandal
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that it has taken back the honorary Emmy it gave to now-former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for his COVID-19 response in the state.

The organization said in a statement on Tuesday that the rescinding of the award comes after the New York Attorney General's report found that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.

"The International Academy announced today that in light of the New York Attorney General's report, and Andrew Cuomo's subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy Award," the statement reads. "His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward."

Cuomo had received the International Emmy Founders Award "for effective communication and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic."

The award, which was created to recognize individuals for their ability to transcend cultural divides in connecting to a "common humanity," was given to Cuomo for his use of television during the early days of the pandemic "to provide information and a sense of calm to viewers," according to Variety.

"The Governor's 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure," said Bruce L. Paisner, International Academy president and CEO, at the time. "People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back."

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