March 18, 2022

Cuomo brothers are back, Smollett released from Jail

Cuomo brothers are back, Smollett released from Jail

Cuomo brothers are back, Smollett released from Jail

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued his attempt at a comeback tour Thursday, laying out his own state budget priorities even though he’s out of office and denouncing what he continues to call a cancel culture that led him to resign in August amid sexual harassment allegations. Cuomo gave an address and answered questions from the crowd for an hour at the Bronx church run by former Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., a conservative Democrat whom the former governor often sparred with over same-sex marriage and abortion rights. But with Cuomo looking for opportunities to tout his accomplishments and try to remake his scandal-scarred image, he accepted Diaz’s invite last week, often joking during the appearance about their differences but also their friendship. And Cuomo continued to stoke speculation about a potential comeback, telling reporters who swarmed him after the speech that he hasn’t ruled out a return to office — or a potential run for governor. “I have a lot of options open, and I’m considering them,” Cuomo told reporters after the event.   Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is demanding $125 million from CNN following his termination from the cable news channel last year.  In a demand for arbitration filed with the dispute resolution giant JAMS, Cuomo alleges that his firing was not justified and that former CNN president Jeff Zucker failed to abide by the terms of Cuomo’s contract “by failing to instruct CNN employees not to disparage Cuomo.”  In fact, the complaint alleges that there was a “calculated campaign to smear Cuomo and destroy his reputation” by some CNN staff.  The $125 million claim, filed by Cuomo’s attorneys at Freedman + Taitelman and Clayman Rosenberg, includes $15 million that he says is owed for the remainder of his contract, but also “future wages lost as a result of CNN’s efforts to destroy his reputation in violation of the Agreement.”



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