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CNN Suspends Chris Cuomo Indefinitely After AG Report Shows he Helped Brother Navigate Sexual Harassment Allegations

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CNN has suspended one of their most prominent anchors, Chris Cuomo, the brother of the disgraced former New York governor Andrew Cuomo. CNN actions swiftly came after the New York Attorney General’s Office published documents on Monday which revealed that the anchor had been using his position in media to help his brother navigate sexual harassment allegations.

The documents were part of Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against the former governor. Chris Cuomo publicly apologized on-air back in May when the Washington Post first revealed he had participated in strategy calls with his brother about the allegations.

Documents released Monday revealed Chris told investigators he contacted journalist Ronan Farrow to discuss a piece about his brother regarding allegations against him. He also texted with his brother’s former aide, Melissa DeRosa.

“I have a lead on the wedding girl” Chris texted DeRosa after one woman accused the governor of attempting to kiss her at a wedding, according to a New York Times report in March. As allegations against the governor continued to pile on, many criticized CNN and Chris for his absolute silence on the matter, except for a rare, quick acknowledgment.

After Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor, Chris said “I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward. I never made calls to the press about my brother’s situation.”

We now know that was a lie. CNN released the following statement:

The New York Attorney General’s office released transcripts and exhibits Monday that shed new light on Chris Cuomo’s involvement in his brother’s defense. The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions. When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother’s staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly. But we also appreciated the unique position he was in and understood his need to put family first and job second. However, these documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than we previously knew. As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation.

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Islamic Republic of Iran offering free college tuition to U.S. students expelled for supporting pro-Hamas protests

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The president of Shiraz University in Iran offered free tuition for any of the American pro-Hamas students causing disruption on college campuses if their actions resulted in expulsion.

“Students and even professors who have been expelled or threatened with expulsion can continue their studies at Shiraz University, and I think that other universities in Shiraz, as well as Fars Province, are also prepared,” Mohammad Moazzeni, the school’s leader, told the state-owned Press TV.

The Associated Press reported that more than 2,000 individuals have been arrested at various college locations throughout the U.S. in recent demonstrations against Israel’s military operations in Gaza.

Several other universities in Iran have reportedly joined the endeavor. Shahid Beheshti University’s president, Mahmoud Aghamiri, said that his institution has “considered scholarships for these students and will fully pay for their education, dormitory, and stay.”

Foreign Desk News reports that notable violent incidents have occurred at Brown University, Columbia University, California State Polytechnic University, Emerson College, Emory University, George Washington University, New York University, the University of North Carolina, Portland State University, Yale University, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Pro-Islamic Republic regime-controlled media outlets in Iran broadcasted live images of Thursday’s confrontations between police and anti-Israel agitators at UCLA, where at least 200 arrests were made.

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