A second woman was accused of sexual harassment shortly after CNN fired Cuomo on Saturday night
CNN could face a lawsuit if it is proven in court that the liberal network knew sexual misconduct claims against its star anchor Chris Cuomo, but turned the other way, FOX Business attorneys said.
Benjamin Eghbali (CEO of Eghbali Law Firm, California) said that scandal-plagued CNN could be in trouble for “seven figure” unless it distances itself from Cuomo. Cuomo Prime Time, which was the network’s most watched program, ran until last week.
Eghbali, a lawyer who has represented victims in hundreds of cases of sexual harassment, stated that Cuomo’s case will be treated similarly to the allegations against Harvey Winestein.
Eghbali stated that they would try to put all the blame on Chris Cuomo and claim that they did not have any knowledge. “So, the plaintiff’s job will be to prove that CNN had some knowledge and that CNN looked the other way… If they can’t prove that burden, they won’t be able hold CNN accountable.”
CNN’s star anchor was suspended after it learned that he had helped his brother, the former governor of New York. The allegations of sexual misconduct were made just days later. Andrew Cuomo has beaten his harassment claims.
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, took her allegations against Chris Cuomo to CNN on Wednesday through her lawyer, Debra Katz, The New York Times reported . Her lawyer Sunday said that she was “disgusted” by his hypocrisy, and attempts to discredit women who had made similar accusations against him brother.
Shortly after CNN fired Cuomo Prime Tim” anchor, the woman’s complaint was made public. Cuomo was also charged earlier this year with harassment by a former colleague at ABC News Shelley Ross. He reaffirmed his previous apology in a statement but claimed that he did not intend to sexually harass her when he squeezed her bottom without permission.
Eghbali stated that Cuomo would likely attempt to prove the woman’s claims against him were consensual – a view shared by Karen Agnifilo (ex-chief assistant district attorney at Manhattan D.A.’s Office), now with Geragos & Geragos.
Agnifilo stated that Cuomo, the former CNN anchor will likely use the same defense as his brother when faced with similar allegations.
“I believe [Gov. Cuomo’s brother should follow Cuomo’s playbook: “We hugged, kissed and we were affectionate. Agnifilo stated that it was how they were raised.
Agnifilo stated that CNN could play a role in the case and that the network would likely need to pursue civil litigation in court. This will include “civil discovery.”
“CNN will need to hand over emails, employee files, and other discovery-related documents. Agnifilo stated that people will be required to take depositions or interrogatories. Depending on their knowledge, what will come out will determine whether they were able to answer questions. “All that stuff is revealed in civil litigation. Or they settle and it never comes out.”
FOX Business reached out to CNN for comment but CNN did not respond. Saturday’s statement by the company announced Cuomo’s firing.
According to the network, Cuomo was terminated but they will continue to investigate.