Chris Cuomo has a yacht of reasons to hide.
The embattled CNN anchor was spotted at a Hamptons Dock late Tuesday by Fox News as he dodged criticism of his role in his brother Andrew’s sexual harassment scandal and resignation.
Chris admitted he was in contact with the governor, but did not say whether he advised his sibling to resign.
The “Cuomo Prime Time” host reportedly spent “four or five hours” on his speedboat before returning to shore as dusk fell. The younger Cuomo was approached by a reporter as he walked to his truck at the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard.
“Of course I have,” Chris Cuomo answered when he was asked if he had spoken with his brother Tuesday. He then held his tongue when asked if he had told his older brother to step down, whether he was continuing to advise Andrew, and whether that presented an ethical conflict for the younger Cuomo.
The New York Times, citing two sources, reported late Tuesday that Chris Cuomo had advised his brother to give up his office amid the fallout from revelations that he had sexually harassed 11 women — including nine current or former state employees — in violation of federal law.
“I think you’ve got a job to do,” Cuomo finally said as he walked past the reporter, “and I’m letting you do it.”
In the wake of a Post report that Andrew Cuomo has no place of his own to stay once he leaves the governor’s mansion in Albany, Chris Cuomo was later asked if his brother would be joining him in the Hamptons.
“Yes, if you wait here, he’ll be here in five minutes,” the anchor snarked as he got into his Ford F-150. Cuomo ignored other questions as he pulled out of the yacht yard, including whether he believed the women who accused his brother of sexual misconduct.
FoxNews.com also reported that Cuomo had told their reporter that he had called New York state troopers to “tell them not to get you.” It was not immediately clear whether he meant the comment as a joke.
The “Cuomo Prime Time” host has not been on the air since Thursday. The following day, he began an apparently pre-planned vacation to mark his 51st birthday, which fell on Monday. He had not mentioned his brother’s scandal on his program last week.
Andrew Cuomo did step down as governor Tuesday, 16 months before the conclusion of his third term of office.
A report released Aug. 3 by New York state Attorney General Letitia James detailed the extent of the CNN star’s moonlighting as an adviser to his brother, which the anchor apologized for in May after The Washington Post initially reported on it.
“I can be objective about just about any topic, but not about my family … I am fiercely loyal to them. I’m family first, job second,” Chris Cuomo told his viewers May 20, later adding: “When my brother’s situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his, and advisers that did include some of his staff, I understand why that was a problem for CNN. It will not happen again.”
A CNN rep told The Post late Monday that recent conversations between the brothers did not violate network policy because Chris Cuomo was not taking part in gubernatorial staff meetings or acting “in any official capacity.”
Critics have called for the anchor to be disciplined or fired over his dual role, which represents a serious ethical breach.