Ex-anchor Chris Cuomo is poised to sue his former network if he doesn’t receive the $18 million left on his contract.
Last weekend, Cuomo was fired from CNN, just days after being suspended. The termination is a result of his support of his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, during his sexual misconduct allegations. The final straw for the network came when sexual misconduct allegations towards him were reported.
Now, sources say he has hired a legal team to help him obtain the $18 million left on his contract. He signed the contract last year, which was supposed to pay him $6 million per year for four years.
A source from CNN said the media conglomerate has “no intention of paying [Chris] Cuomo a penny. If he gets a settlement, there would be uproar.” Another said, “CNN has a standard morality clause in their contract that says if the employee does anything of disrepute, they can be immediately fired.”
Additionally, Cravath, Swaine & Moore lawyers informed CNN that his actions- contacting new sources regarding stories coming out about his brother and trying to “dig up dirt” on at least one of his brother’s accusers- were grounds for his removal.
Cuomo has made claims that CNN president Jeff Zucker was aware of what he was doing. His spokesperson spoke to The Wall Street Journal over the weekend, saying that Zucker knew “about the details of Mr. Cuomo’s support for his brother,” and that “There were no secrets about this, as other individuals besides Mr. Cuomo can attest.”
CNN and insiders for the company have since responded to this claim. The network claimed, “He has made a number of accusations that are patently false. “This reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor.” One source called his claims “absurd” and “patently untrue,” adding, “If Jeff had known all along, Chris would have been fired earlier, not suspended… He lied to us.”
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