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Chris Cuomo Seeking $125 Million From CNN
Former CNN presenter Chris Cuomo is seeking $125 million through arbitration for wrongful termination.
The 51-year-old was fired in December after an internal investigation uncovered his efforts to assist his brother – former New York governor Andrew Cuomo – who was accused of sexual harassment.
Now, Deadline reports that Cuomo officially filed for arbitration on Wednesday (March 16), claiming that he was wrongfully terminated and that his “journalistic integrity” has been “unjustifiably smeared”.
It alleges that the former presenter has since struggled to find similar work and is seeking damages for future lost wages, as well as the remainder of his agreed salary from CNN before his termination.
Stating that Cuomo’s “journalistic integrity” was “unjustifiably smeared”, the filing alleges that the company was fully aware of his efforts to help his brother and had previously shown a willingness to ignore its own policies in order to boost ratings.
“Cuomo had no reason to believe that his assistant to Gov. Cuomo was inconsistent with CNN’s or Turner’s policies nor its expectations,” read the filing. “In fact, CNN fostered a culture in which the network’s standards and practices were a constantly moving target, modified at CNN executives’ discretion as they saw fit and that culture began at the top with [CNN President] Zucker and [Chief Marketing Officer] Gollust.”
“As long as Zucker and Gollust believed CNN’s ratings would benefit, they were more than willing to disregard breaches of traditional journalistic standards by CNN personalities such as Don Lemon and Jake Tapper, or even engage in blatant misconduct themselves.”
Both Jeff Zucker and Allison Gollust resigned their positions with CNN earlier this year after it was revealed that they had failed to disclose their personal romantic relationship.
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