Chris Cuomo talks about not being able to cover up for Brother Andrew as the governor’s third accuser comes forward


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Chris Cuomo explains for the first time why he hasn’t covered recent sexual harassment allegations against his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

At the start of his Monday show on CNN Cuomo Prime TimeChris, 50, told viewers: “Before I start tonight, let me say something that I’m sure is very obvious to you who watch my show, and thank you for that. You’re candid with me – I’ll be honest with you.”

“Obviously I know what’s going on with my brother, and obviously I can’t cover it because he’s my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have it extensively covered and they will continue to do so then,” the TV reporter continued.

Chris ended by saying that he “always cared about these issues, and deeply. I just wanted to let you know.”

“There’s a lot of news that matters too, so let’s get to it,” he concluded.

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Three women have accused Andrew, 63, of harassment, including a woman named Anna Ruch who spoke with The New York Times for an article published on Monday.

In the interview, Ruch claims to have met the politician at a wedding reception in September 2019, where he made multiple unwanted physical advances on her. He also allegedly asked at one point if he could kiss her.

Ruch joins two former assistants who have accused Andrew of harassment, both sexual and otherwise: Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan.

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Andrew and his current aides have strenuously denied both Bennett’s and Boylan’s accounts, calling the latter “simply untrue”. In a statement over the weekend, Andrew said he ‘never made any advances to Ms Bennett and it was never my intention to act in any inappropriate manner’.

A spokesperson for Andrew did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Ruch’s claim.

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While Monday was the first time Chris had spoken personally about not covering his brother on CNN, the network released a statement last month saying that Chris’ days of having Andrew on his show had passed.

“The first months of the [COVID-19] The pandemic crisis has been an extraordinary time,” CNN said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE on Feb. 18. “We felt that Chris speaking with his brother about the challenges facing millions of American families was of significant human interest. .”

At the time, Andrew was at the center of controversy over how he handled New York’s response to COVID-19 when it came to nursing homes.

“As a result, we made an exception to a rule we’ve had in place since 2013 that prevents Chris from interviewing and covering for his brother, and that rule remains in place today,” the statement continued. “CNN has extensively covered the news surrounding Governor Cuomo.”

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.

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