CNN Probe Finds Allison Gollust Assisted Chris Cuomo in His Efforts to Help Andrew Cuomo
CNN’s parent company determined that the network’s former marketing chief provided guidance to then-anchor Chris Cuomo as he tried to help then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo deal with allegations of sexual misconduct, in violation of CNN’s standards, according to people familiar with the matter.
Allison Gollust, who resigned last week as CNN’s marketing and communications chief, through a spokeswoman denied offering advice to Andrew Cuomo and said the notion that her communications with Chris Cuomo could be considered as such was “patently ridiculous.”
When Ms. Gollust resigned last week, CNN parent WarnerMedia Chief Executive Jason Kilar told employees that an investigation had determined Ms. Gollust, former CNN President Jeff Zucker and Chris Cuomo had violated company policies, including CNN’s news standards and practices; he didn’t offer details as to how. WarnerMedia is a unit of AT&T Inc. T 0.52%
CNN anchors have pressed Mr. Kilar for more information related to the exits of Ms. Gollust and Mr. Zucker, who resigned earlier this month citing his failure to disclose a consensual romantic relationship with Ms. Gollust. Ms. Gollust has said she regretted not disclosing the relationship at the appropriate time.