A secret recording of Chris Cuomo speaking about sexual harassment allegations lodged against him aired on Fox News on Tuesday evening. The audio reportedly came from a private discussion between the CNN anchor and former attorney for President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson played the clip on his nightly Fox News show. In the clip, the “Cuomo Prime Time” host allegedly says media members contacted him to ask about sexual harassment accusations.
“I’m always careful when I talk to media, you know,” Chris Cuomo says. “Do you know how many f—ing phone calls I’ve gotten from people at ABC who say that reporters are calling and lying about me and trying to get stories about me when I was at ABC? Guys calling and saying, ‘I heard he was the Charlie Rose of ABC, he used to invite women to his hotel and open his bathrobe.’
Cuomo then asks: “Do I look like the kind of f—ing guy who’s gotta do that?” Cohen allegedly replies by saying, “Sure, why not?” Towards the end of the clip, Cuomo adds, “I always told you, the media is not your friend.”
Tucker Carlson on the Chris Cuomo-Michael Cohen Conversation
On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson says, “Chris Cuomo is on television. Chris Cuomo could bench press your Subaru. Open bathrobes are for losers. But you know who is a loser, big time? All those women who keep accusing Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment.”
Carlson notes what he feels classifies as hypocritical behavior by the younger brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Now, if women made those claims against you, Chris Cuomo might very well denounce you on his TV show, call for your firing, call for your banishment from decent society,” Carlson said. “These are women making the charges, after all. You must believe women. Women’s voices must be heard.”
In response to Tucker Carlson airing the clip, Michael Cohen took to Twitter. “The only people in possession of these recordings are me, @DOJ, @POTUS & Trump Org,” Cohen tweeted. “I did not give this recording or authorization for its use to @FoxNews or anyone. @POTUS and cronies violated my First amendment rights and now this; all to discredit me and my book. What’s next?”