Chris Cuomo Fires Back At CNN, Wants More Than $125 Million In Damages

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Any notion that former and disgraced CNN star Chris Cuomo can be quietly moving into the shadows following his contentious departure from CNN has now been extinguished. Deadline experiences that Cuomo has filed an arbitration demand searching for greater than $125 million in damages to his profession and to his status – greater than double what he was previously reported to be trying to get.

Cuomo’s authorized submitting would not mince phrases. “Because of Turner’s indefensible option to unceremoniously fireplace him, Cuomo has been broken in numerous methods,” it states. It goes on:

“Cuomo has had his journalistic integrity unjustifiably smeared, making it troublesome if not unimaginable for Cuomo to seek out related work sooner or later and damaging him in quantities exceeding $125 million, which incorporates not solely the remaining wage owed underneath the Settlement, however future wages misplaced because of CNN’s efforts to destroy his status in violation of the Settlement…Cuomo now seeks to get better the total measure of his damages towards Turner and CNN.”

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That $125 million determine is much more than what was left on Cuomo’s contract when he was let go. He needs that too, and calculates it at about $15 million. That remaining $110 million is chalked up underneath “consequential damages” of at the least that quantity.

Cuomo is accusing CNN of “smearing” him and doing untold injury to his status as a journalist and as a public determine. He is additionally saying that they broke a clause in his contract stipulating that the community “make cheap efforts to instruct its workers to not make any deliberately disparaging feedback concerning [Cuomo] within the context of [Cuomo’s] enterprise {and professional} actions.”

That clearly did not occur, as Cuomo was accused by numerous hyperlinks within the CNN chain of mendacity to his bosses and his coworkers in regards to the nature of his help for his brother Andrew Cuomo, who was on the time the governor of New York and going through sexual misconduct allegations. Cuomo’s legal professional Bryan Freedman spoke to Deadline in regards to the case, and based on him that merely wasn’t true. “It ought to by now be apparent that Chris Cuomo didn’t deceive CNN about serving to his brother,” he stated.

Freedman went on:

“In reality, because the restricted data launched from WarnerMedia’s investigation makes clear, CNN’s highest-level executives not solely knew about Chris’s involvement in serving to his brother but in addition actively assisted the Governor, each by Chris and immediately themselves…As CNN has admitted, community requirements had been modified in a calculated resolution to spice up scores. When these practices had been known as into query, Chris was made the scapegoat.”

Cuomo is formally accusing CNN of wrongful termination in addition to violating that non-disparagement clause, and he needs not solely at the least $125 million however a “full apology” as nicely. And if they cannot settle up in a closed-door arbitration, it’d find yourself in open courtroom – one thing which may make this already messy dispute even messier.


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