Chris Cuomo to Sue CNN for Firing Him in Disgrace
Former anchor has hired lawyers to prepare lawsuit
Disgraced former star anchor Chris Cuomo is preparing to sue CNN after the network fired him over a series of scandals.
Cuomo has reportedly hired lawyers and is getting ready to file the lawsuit against his former employers.
According to a new report, Cuomo will take CNN to court unless the "news" network upholds the rest of his four-year contract.
The move comes following CNN's decision to terminate the host.
The New York Post reports that "CNN is bracing for a legal battle with fired host Chris Cuomo over his contract, sources said Monday."
News of the lawsuit emerged "after a bitter back-and-forth about what the network knew of his secret efforts to aid his embattled brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo," the report adds.
"The deal is reportedly worth $6 million annually," the Post revealed.
However, CNN has “no intention of paying [Chris] Cuomo a penny,” an insider said.
"If he gets a settlement, there would be uproar,” the source added.
"CNN has a standard morality clause in their contract that says if the employee does anything of disrepute, they can be immediately fired,” another source said.
CNN announced Saturday that it had fired Cuomo following an investigation into his campaign to assist in the defense of his brother, disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
The former governor resigned in August over sexual harassment and misconduct allegations.
The fired CNN host is said to have a sexual misconduct allegation against him as well, which may have contributed to his firing, an attorney representing his accuser stated.
"Hearing the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN,” lawyer Debra Katz said in a statement.
"My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women.”
Initially, CNN suspended Cuomo indefinitely on Tuesday, only to later fire him “effective immediately” after a law firm investigated the matter.
"While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” the network said in a statement.
"Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
Cuomo took to social media to react to his firing by thanking his staff.
"This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” he wrote.
"So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot.
"I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
CNN initially said it “appreciated the unique position” Chris Cuomo was in and “understood his need to put family first and job second” when he admitted he broke the network’s rules in aiding his brother’s defense.
However, the network moved to suspend him after New York Attorney General Letitia James released new documents including text messages between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to his brother in which he said he would use his “sources” in news media to alert his brother’s team of stories featuring new accusations.