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Chris Cuomo and CNN prepare for massive legal battle over his firing

Chris Cuomo and CNN both are gearing up for a major court battle after the anchor was fired last week. Sources familiar with the situation said The New York Post that Cuomo would sue CNN for at least $18 million, claiming that the network had breached a contract with him. They also said that CNN “has no intention of paying Cuomo a dime.”

Cuomo was suspended on Tuesday after new evidence showed how he helped his brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo in evading sexual misconduct allegations against him. On Tuesday, CNN was warned of sexual misconduct allegation against Chris Cuomo and on Saturday, the network officially fired him. Based on Puck News, Cuomo hired attorney Bryan Freedman to represent him in the case – the same attorney who handled Megyn Kelly’s departure from NBC News. CNN has hired plaintiff Daniel Petrocelli, who previously represented WarnerMedia.

Both attorneys have a challenging case ahead of them in interpreting Cuomo’s four-year contract signed in 2020, and in proving what the two sides knew and when. Cuomo believes CNN breached his employment contract, leaving him with at least $18 million in lost wages and perhaps more in compensatory damages. However, sources told the Post that CNN believes it is fully covered by the terms of the contract.

“CNN has a standard ethics clause in their contract that says if an employee does anything against their will, they can be fired immediately,” they explained. They also note that “if he was settled, there would be an uproar”, as Cuomo himself is now accused of sexual misconduct.

New evidence released last week that cost Cuomo his job includes testimony detailing his role on his brother’s legal and publicity team. He is said to have used his media contacts to track down which reporters were working with stories about the governor’s sexual misconduct allegations and attempts to discredit of his accusers whenever possible. He even personally pursued a lead that ultimately led nowhere.

Issued by Cuomo a public statement on Saturday night said he did not believe he had done anything wrong. He Written: “This is not how I wanted my time at CNN to end but I told you guys why and how I helped my brother. So now I’m frustrated saying like this, I don’t Can’t be prouder of the Cuomo Prime Time team and the work we’ve done on CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slots.I owe it to them all and will miss the exceptional group of people who did really important work. important.”

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Dais Johnston

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