A letter describing one alleged sex crime just changed everything for CNN

CNN is in the middle of a massive scandal.

Resignations are flying left and right.

And a letter describing one alleged sex crime just changed everything for CNN.

The public learned more about the ugly falling out that led to the firing of star anchor Chris Cuomo and the resignation of network President Jeff Zucker.

Everyone thought they knew the full story about why Zucker fired Cuomo.

Initial reports led everyone to believe that Zucker fired Cuomo over him secretly advising his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

When Zucker first suspended Cuomo, insiders at CNN expected him back on the air.

But CNN received a letter from a former colleague of Cuomo’s at ABC alleging that he sexually assaulted her in 2011.

The New York Times reported:

The letter was on behalf of the woman who had worked with Mr. Cuomo at ABC News. It relayed a story that had begun in 2011 when the woman, who was referred to as Jane Doe, was a young temporary ABC employee hoping for a full-time job. One day, after Mr. Cuomo, an anchor, had offered her career advice, he invited her to lunch in his office, according to the letter, interviews with the woman and emails between her and Mr. Cuomo.

When she arrived, there was no food. Instead, Mr. Cuomo badgered her for sex, and after she declined, he assaulted her, she said. She ran out of the room.

The woman then reported at the height of the #MeToo movement in 2017 that Cuomo contacted her out of the blue and offered to run a puff-piece segment on his CNN show highlighting the organization she worked for.

This appeared to be Cuomo trying to buy her silence with the offer of positive press coverage.

Chris Cuomo strongly denied ever sexually assaulting anyone.

And The New York Times said people the woman spoke with at the time never heard her mention Cuomo assaulting her.

But that was enough for Zucker to fire Cuomo and not pay him the $18 million remaining on his contract.

That decision led Cuomo to hire an attorney known for hardball negotiation tactics, which set in motion the chain of events that led to Jeff Zucker’s ouster.

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