A CNN journalist, brother of the politician, testified that he asked the actor to stay out of the act.
Transcripts released Monday shed new light on the behind-the-scenes role of CNN host Chris Cuomo advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in the face of sexual harassment allegations that forced him to leave office. Meanwhile, the journalist mentioned that actor Alec Baldwin had offered to help his brother, but the CNN presenter told him that it was unnecessary.
As the New York Post revealed, the journalist testified that he and his brother both knew the actor and an unknown "perfect friend" called him and said: Wants. " The intention was to try to help Andrew Cuomo.
"I told him not to," I said, 'Tell him to stay out of it. It's not necessary," said Chris Cuomo.
When asked why he did not want the star's help, he replied: I was not in favor of it because I did not think that the fact that Alec Baldwin had intervened in any way was necessarily helpful or respectable in this situation. "
However, Baldwin, who is now embroiled in a deadly shooting controversy over the set of his film 'Rust', ignored Cuomo's request and posted a 15-minute video on Instagram in early March which "The culture of cancellation has intensified," he said. During COVID "because" people are angry and bitter "and" they have a lot of time on their hands. "
Baldwin also appeared to refer to an investigation into sexual harassment that later led to the removal of Andrew Cuomo, saying: "The Attorney General is going to investigate the allegations against the governor. And only then can we talk about the person who resigned. " He added.
Chris Komo further told investigators that he spoke regularly with his brother, exchanged text messages with his top advisers, and sent him e-mails in February in response to several women's allegations.
She also offered to help her "sources" find out if more women were going to step in, possibly to identify them.
Chris Cuomo's role as his brother's unofficial advisor was previously known. However, after some details of his work were highlighted in an August report by the state attorney general, Letitia James, the journalist, acknowledged that it was a "mistake" to have joined the strategy calls with a group of his brother's advisers.
But a transcript of Chris Cuomo's July interview with investigators, as well as the 169-page publication of emails, text messages, and other communications, offer more details about his involvement in shaping his brother's letter and acting as a bulldog wrestling with top advisers over strategy.
"I was worried this was not being handled the right way, and it's not my job to handle it, okay?" Chris Cuomo testified. "I don't work for the governor. I am not defending you in this matter. I'm not going to cover it. You know, this is not what I do. "
"I am concerned for my brother and concerned that this is being handled in the best possible way. And my feeling was that according to my basic mantra, you should speak the truth and confront them if you have something to say. And if you have something to confess, you should also do it, "he said.
Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid likely impeachment, following an independent investigation that found he sexually harassed at least 11 women.
Chris Cuomo, the host of CNN's Cuomo Prime Time, has defended himself by saying that he never reported on the Cuomo situation for CNN and that he never tried to influence coverage.
Chris Cuomo's interview transcript was part of a new batch of materials released Monday by the attorney general's office gathered during its months-long investigation into the governor's conduct with women.
A copy of Governor Cuomo's video testimony was released for the first time. The transcripts of it had previously been made public. The attorney general also released transcripts or videos of interviews with several of Cuomo's key aides and advisers. They described their efforts to defend him from the harassment allegations.