CNN host Chris Cuomo, the TV personality brother of now-disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, used his influence and media connections to help his brother out by finding information on his accusers, records show.
Documents have revealed that the younger Cuomo was "actively in touch" with Melissa DeRosa, who was still Andrew Cuomo's top aide at the time, and gave her statements to be used by his older brother, as well as leads on his various accusers.
According to CNBC, "Chris Cuomo told investigators that he engaged with what he described as “sources” regarding the various allegations against his brother that were described in at least one news article, according to the records. He also said he talked to his sources about yet-to-be-published stories from media outlets."
"I would – when asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out," the junior Cuomo told investigators.
Chris Cuomo also guided DeRosa on writing statements for his older brother.
On March 12, Chris Cuomo sent a text message to DeRosa with a full written statement for the embattled New York governor.
"I will not resign, I cannot resign. I understand the political pressure I understand the stakes of political warfare, and that’s what this is … And I understand the conformity that can be forced by cancel culture," the texted statement reads.
Andrew Cuomo, however, did end up resigning back in August, after a damning report was released by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
The investigation into the multiple instances of workplace sexual misconduct against Andrew Cuomo, with possible criminal consequences, is still ongoing.