Debra S. Katz Statement Regarding CNN Firing of Chris Cuomo

December 5, 2021

Attorney Debra Katz issued a statement this morning following CNN’s termination of Chris Cuomo Saturday evening.

“In the wake of public sexual harassment allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo looked directly into the camera and told viewers of Cuomo Prime Time, ‘I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.’  Subsequently, the Attorney General released jaw-dropping documentary evidence demonstrating that Chris Cuomo played an active role in attempting to smear women whom the Attorney General concluded had made serious allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against the Governor.  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. 

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, I contacted CNN to report my client’s allegations of misconduct against Chris Cuomo.  By Friday, I was in discussions with CNN about providing documentary evidence of my client’s allegations and making my client available for an interview with CNN’s outside counsel.  Last night, CNN acted promptly on my client’s complaint and fired Mr. Cuomo.

My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women.  She will continue to cooperate with CNN’s investigation into her allegations.  Given the nature of her allegations, she wishes to remain anonymous, and we ask that you respect this decision.”

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