Chris Cuomo, who repeatedly said he was not helping his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with sex allegations, was indeed helping him fight the women who came forward. Text messages released by the New York Attorney General’s office show CNN’s Cuomo texting with the governor’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa—a woman he said he was not regularly in touch with. Pages of texts show differently.
Further, CNN supposedly banned Cuomo from helping his brother with the allegations. In the texts, he is seen writing the governor’s responses and directing the attack against the women saying, “I have a lead on the wedding girl,” referring to Anne Ruche, who claimed the former governor groped her at a wedding and provided photos. Chris Cuomo knew that what he was doing was wrong. He texted, “Delete thread now.”
Cuomo told investigators that he did not talk with Melissa DeRosa regularly under the threat of perjury. Since his texts have proven him a liar, will he be charged? It’s doubtful. The Daily Mail published Chris Cuomo’s statements on CNN when he was accused of strategizing for his brother.
‘I wasn’t in control of anything,’ Cuomo said on the air.
‘I was there to listen and offer my take. And my advice to my brother was simple and consistent – own what you did, tell people what you’ll try to do to be better, be contrite.
‘Finally, accept that it doesn’t matter what you intended, what matters is how your actions and your words are perceived.’
While he never imagined he would have to do it, ‘I did advise my brother to resign when the time came,’ he said.