What CNN's Chris Cuomo Has Said About the Andrew Cuomo Allegations

CNN's Chris Cuomo has addressed the sexual harassment allegations around his brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, while informing viewers he will not be covering the the claims.

Chris Cuomo says he is "obviously" aware of the allegations which have engulfed his brother, who is now accused of inappropriate sexual behavior by three woman, but he has recused himself from reporting on the governor.

"Before we start tonight, let me say something that I'm sure is very obvious to you who watch my show," the CNN anchor said on Monday night.

"And thank you for that you're straight with me. I'll be straight with you.

"Obviously, I'm aware of what's going on with my brother. And obviously, I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively, and they will continue to do so.

"I have always cared very deeply about these issues, and profoundly. So I just wanted to tell you that there's a lot of news going on that matters also. So let's get after that."

>> @ChrisCuomo at the top of @CuomoPrimeTime tonight: "Obviously I am aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so." pic.twitter.com/G49mZYTG4D

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 2, 2021

CNN previously banned Chris Cuomo from covering the allegations against the New York Governor that his administration underreported the number of COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes.

Andrew Cuomo is accused of sexual harassment by two former aides and a third woman who claims he grabbed and kissed at a wedding in 2019. He denies the allegations.

Lindsey Boylan first accused the governor of inappropriate behavior in December. In a lengthy Medium post, she claimed he gave an unwanted kiss and frequently made comments about her appearance,

Boylan accused Cuomo of creating a culture within his administration where "sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected."

Another former aide, Charlotte Bennett, also accused Andrew Cuomo of making inappropriate comments, including asking if she had ever had sex with older men.

"I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared," Bennett said. "And was wondering how I was going to get out of it and assumed it was the end of my job."

The governor addressed the allegations in a statement on Sunday, when two of the three allegations had been made public.

In it, he denied ever inappropriately touching women and said that he does "tease people in what I think is a good natured way."

"I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended," Andrew Cuomo said.

"I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.

"To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to."

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Chris Cuomo of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time speaks onstage during the WarnerMedia Upfront 2019 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019 in New York City. The CNN anchor has addressed the sexual harassment scandal engulfing his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Getty/Kevin Mazur