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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely

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International news broadcaster CNN has stood down prime time host Chris Cuomo

CNN confirmed on Tuesday that prime time anchor Chris Cuomo has been indefinitely suspended from the network. Cuomo was stood down after new documents released this week revealed he was more ‘intimately involved than previously known’ in assisting his brother – former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, craft a defence amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations.

In a statement a CNN spokesperson stated that “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 defence.”

“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.”

Former NY gov. Andrew Cuomo pictured left with his CNN anchor brother Chris pictured right. / Image: CNBC

Anderson Cooper will anchor the 9PM bulletin on Tuesday, the CNN spokesperson said

The suspension came after significant criticism from people who noted that Chris Cuomo had violated widely accepted journalistic norms.

Inside at the broadcaster, CNN staffers expressed dismay at the anchor’s conduct.

The documents released by New York Attorney General Letitia James included text messages and transcripts of interviews with investigators who led the probe into allegations against the former New York governor.

CNN stands down prime time anchor. / Image: File

Documents revealed:

The cache of documents included text messages between Chris Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa, a then-top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that suggested he was instrumental in working to craft a defense against a flood of sexual misconduct allegations.

According to CNN – Chris Cuomo acknowledged to investigators that he did attempt to learn more about a story by journalist Ronan Farrow.

The anchor defended the practice as conventional.

Following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo as governor of New York in August, Chris Cuomo fronted viewers on CNN, stating that he was “not an advisor,” but “a brother” to the former governor.

He acknowledged that he talked with his brother’s aides and gave his “take” up until his employer directed him to stop doing so in May.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Singing legend Meat Loaf dies

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Legendary singer, Meat Loaf has died aged 74

The American singer was famous for his songs “I’d Do Anything for Love” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”.

Born Marvin Lee Aday, the Grammy Winner passed away on Thursday night.

The cause of his death has not been disclosed.

A post on his official Facebook page read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight”

His wife Deborah was by his side, and his daughters Pearl and Amanda were with him in the hours leading to his death.

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Alec Baldwin hit with massive $25M defamation lawsuit

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Movie star Alec Baldwin is being sued by the family of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Afghanistan

A widow and two sisters of a U.S. Marine officer killed in Afghanistan are suing Alec Baldwin.

The women are alleging the actor exposed them to a flood of social media hatred by claiming on Instagram that one sister was an “insurrectionist” for attending former President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. rally on January 6 of last year.

According to NBC, the sister by the name of Roice McCollum, protested peacefully and legally.

According to the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, she was not among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day and after being interviewed by the FBI, “was never detained, arrested, accused of or charged with any crime”

The lawsuit comes as Baldwin is immersed in an ongoing investigation into the death of a cinematographer and the wounding of a director on the set of the movie, Rust.

The finer details:

NBC is reporting that last year, Alec Baldwin sent Roice McCollum a $5,000 payment to help the widow of her brother, Marine Lance Cpl Rylee McCollum.

He was among 13 U.S. soldiers killed in a suicide bombing August 26 at the Kabul airport, according to the lawsuit.

On January 3 of this year, the lawsuit claims that the actor privately messaged Roice McCollum on Instagram soon after she posted an almost year-old photo of the Trump rally. The claim states that Baldwin was asking if she was the same woman who’d taken his donation.

The suit says McCollum confirmed she was at the protest and told Baldwin, “Protesting is perfectly legal.”

The suit says Baldwin responded by remarking that “her activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, an assault on the certification of the presidential election,” and told McCollum that he’d reposted the photo to his 2.4 million Instagram followers.

After Baldwin shared the photo of the January 6 protest on social media. Roice McCollum got “hundreds upon hundreds of hateful messages,” including one telling her to “get raped and die” and that her brother “got what he deserved,” according to the lawsuit.

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Marvel actor killed in skiing accident

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French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who is set to appear in Marvel’s forthcoming TV series Moon Knight, has died at the age of 37

He was killed during skiing accident in the Alps when he collided with another person.

He suffered severe brain trauma and was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble, where he died the next day. 

Ulliel is one of France’s best-known actors and has appeared in It’s Only the End of the World and Saint Laurent, the biopic of the French fashion designer.

The news of his death came just a day after the trailer for Moon Knight, in which he stars as Midnight Man, was released online.

‘Considerable magnetism’

“French cinema is losing a huge talent, full of charm and energy,” tweeted French finance minister Bruno Le Maire.

Writer and critic Caspar Salmon also paid tribute, describing Ulliel as “an actor of considerable magnetism, talent and beauty, who had already carved out an impressive and varied career”.

He won the best actor Cesar – the French equivalent of an Oscar – in 2017 for his performance opposite Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux in It’s Only the End of the World.

In 2005, he won most promising actor for his performance in the World War One drama A Very Long Engagement, which also starred Audrey Tautou.

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