Chris Cuomo avoided covering brother’s sex crime charge on CNN show

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Chris Cuomo avoided covering brother's sex crime charge on CNN show

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo avoided covering the latest stunning developments about his brother, disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who was charged with a misdemeanor sex crime on Thursday.

Chris Cuomo — who was reporting live from Vatican City Thursday night ahead of President Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis — kept mum about his brother on “Cuomo Prime Time” and opted to focus on other headlines, including updates on the Alec Baldwin fatal shooting incident, FOX News reported

Andrew Cuomo was charged with groping a former aide in Albany’s Executive Mansion — a crime that could send him to jail for a year if he’s convicted. 

A misdemeanor criminal complaint filed in Albany City Court charges the 63-year-old former governor with forcible touching —alleging that he “did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim…and onto her intimate body part.”

The incident allegedly took place on the afternoon of Dec. 7 on the second floor of the Executive Mansion, the governor’s official residence.

Chris Cuomo in Rome
The younger Cuomo is in Rome ahead of President Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis.
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The name of the alleged victim was redacted from the complaint but a lawyer representing former Cuomo aide Brittany Commisso, 33, acknowledged it’s her.  

Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi said in a statement that “filing a criminal charge without notification and consent of the prosecuting body doesn’t pass the laugh test and this process reeks of Albany politics and perhaps worse.”

“The fact that the AG — as predicted — is about to announce a run for governor is lost on no one,” he added, taking a jab at  New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is expected to throw her hat into the governor’s race.

Brittany Commisso selfie with Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo was charged with groping a former aide — acknowledged by her lawyer as Brittany Commisso — in Albany’s Executive Mansion

Andrew Cuomo stepped down as governor in August, 16 months before the conclusion of his third term in office.

A report released Aug. 3 by James detailed the extent of the CNN star’s moonlighting as an adviser to his brother, which the anchor apologized for in May after the Washington Post initially reported on it.

“I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family … I am fiercely loyal to them. I’m family first, job second,” Chris Cuomo told his viewers May 20, later adding: “When my brother’s situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his, and advisers that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again.”

Chris Cuomo in Rome
Chris Cuomo has apologized for his past involvement in his brother’s crisis talks.
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The CNN star said later in August that network rules prevented him from covering the news on his brother’s scandal.

“I never covered my brother’s troubles because I obviously have conflict, and there are rules at CNN about that,” he said at the end of his program.

Brittany Commisso
Cuomo could go to jail for a year for groping Commisso if convicted.
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“My position has never changed. I never misled anyone about the information I was delivering or not delivering on this program.”

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