Chris Cuomo told investigators earlier this year that he tried to keep Alec Baldwin from advocating on behalf of his embattled brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, by speaking out against “cancel culture.”
The comments were revealed in a transcript made public.
The CNN host testified that both he and his brother know the actor and that an unidentified “very good friend” called and told him, “Alec wants to talk about cancel culture or political correctness.”
“I asked him not to. I said, ‘Tell him to stay out of it. It’s not necessary,’” Chris Cuomo said.
When asked why he didn’t want help from the former “30 Rock” star, Chris Cuomo said, “I wasn’t in favor of it happening because I didn’t think that Alec Baldwin weighing in on this one way or the other was necessarily helpful or respectful to the situation.”
But Baldwin — now embroiled in controversy over the fatal shooting on the set of his movie “Rust” — ignored the younger Cuomo’s request and in early March posted a nearly 15-minute video on Instagram.
In it, he ranted that “the cancel culture thing has revved up during COVID” because “people are angry and bitter” and “have a lot of times on their hands.”
Baldwin also appeared to reference the sexual harassment probe that later forced Andrew Cuomo from office, saying, “The attorney general is going to investigate accusations against a governor.”
“Then, and only then, can we talk about people resigning,” he added. Chris Cuomo testified that he “was not aware” of Baldwin’s video when his brother’s then-top aide, Melissa DeRosa, alerted him to a news report about it on March 7.
“But I did know its origin,” he said. The official transcript of Chris Cuomo’s “highly confidential,” sworn testimony was among the latest records made public by Attorney General Letitia James.
The material, from the sexual harassment probe James commissioned, also includes video recordings of DeRosa during two days of interviews.
James, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor next year, has said she’s releasing the material “to provide full transparency to the people of New York” in the wake of the misdemeanor charge filed against Andrew Cuomo last month.
Andrew Cuomo, 63, is accused of groping another aide, Brittany Commisso, 33, inside Albany’s Executive Mansion last month.
He resigned in August after James released a report that alleged he sexually harassed 11 women, including nine current or former state workers, during his three terms as governor.