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Chris Cuomo accused of staging reemergence from basement after quarantine

Cuomo was recently spotted outside his Hamptons home when he was supposed to be quarantining.

Apr 22, 2020, 7:06 am*

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Tiffanie Drayton

CNN aired a segment claiming to capture the exact moment Chris Cuomo emerged from his basement after being in quarantine for weeks while battling the novel coronavirus, but some are calling the whole scene fake news.

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"Here's the very moment @ChrisCuomo emerged from his basement, where he's been riding out coronavirus for the last several weeks," the Cuomo Prime Time Twitter account wrote, along with the video.

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"This is what I've been dreaming of, literally for weeks," Cuomo says after heroically climbing a flight of stairs from his basement to the main floor of his home.

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It didn't take very long for people—mostly conservative media personalities—to remind the host that he was just spotted outside his Hamptons home not too long ago.

"Fake News. You emerged last week and went to the Hamptons, then threatened a senior citizen when he asked you why you violated NYs non-essential travel policy (and broke quarantine)," Media analyst Mark Dice tweeted.

Whilst outside, Cuomo even had an altercation with a man on a bicycle, which lead to an official police report.

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"Everybody knows due to the police report you were out on Easter. Even the kids give away this is a staged video. They look embarrassed," another conservative political news commentator tweeted.

Conservative political columnist Benny Johnson linked to the New York Post story that covered the incident involving the bicyclist.

"A coronavirus-infected Cuomo was hanging with his family on Easter Sunday outside his house and got into a confrontation with his neighbor on the street. The man filed a police report," Johnson wrote.

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Cuomo announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus on March 31 and has been broadcasting from the basement of his South Hamptons home ever since. However, during a rant on his SiriusXM radio show back in mid-April, he admitted to getting into an altercation with a man riding a bicycle.

The cyclists alleged that the ordeal began when he saw Cuomo outside of a Hamptons home and questioned why he was outside, despite having the coronavirus.

"I just looked and said, ‘Is that Chris Cuomo? Isn’t he supposed to be quarantined?'” the cyclist reportedly questioned. "I said to him, ‘Your brother is the coronavirus czar, and you’re not even following his rules — unnecessary travel.'"

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Cuomo's wife, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, later tested positive for the coronavirus, leading some to further question if he was really doing his best to self-quarantine.

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*First Published: Apr 21, 2020, 7:53 pm