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Was CNN’s Chris Cuomo Drag Racing Before Hitting a Parked Car?

According to Page Six of the New York Post, New Day anchor Chris Cuomo crashed his 1969 Pontiac Firebird after a party in Southampton.

Cuomo’s wife Cristina hosted a party for Beach Magazine on May 28, and after the party, the CNN stalwart was comparing his sweet ride to a friend’s classic Le Mans. Cuomo likes to show off the Firebird, as he did to Instagram video from August of 2015:

69 Bird – not all show no go. Did this for Don Lemon. Just a taste. Sounds good. Goes better :)

A video posted by Christopher C. Cuomo (@chrisccuomo) on

However, Cuomo reportedly crashed that classic car into a a parked SUV. “It was a full-blown drag race . . . Everybody heard it,” said a source to New York Post gossip institution Page Six recently. “He lost control and crashed into a parked Mercedes. He was lucky because it was his friend’s car.”

Page Six reports that photos from the May celebration show a blonde woman holding up her arms in between two cars — Cuomo’s and a 1967 Pontiac LeMans. According to one witness, “I saw that woman rolling around posing and modeling on the car, and then I realized there were two cars, and they pulled into the street… We knew it was him. And then they peeled out and went to where the middle of the train station almost is, and right before that, he lost control, and ran into that Mercedes.”

According to another source “close to Cuomo” quoted in the item, however, the woman was simply part of a staged photo, not a drag race. Friends say he became distracted as he pulled away and hit the parked car.

It was Cuomo’s wife, according to their sources, who immediately sent the CNN anchor home, before police arrived on the scene. “He was drinking, and I believe that’s why he was sent home,” said the Post’s source. “Everyone saw the state he was in. When he crashed, it got really quiet.” With that said, there is no official report or any actual evidence that Cuomo was drinking and absolutely nothing to suggest that he was drunk.

Another source even told the Post, “Chris had a drink at her party, but he certainly wasn’t drunk,” and friends of the Cuomo family noted that after hitting the gas, the car jumped unexpectedly, tapping into the SUV. Even according to Page Six, “A police report makes no mention of the drag race or of drinking, simply stating that Cuomo ‘was distracted by someone yelling and waving.’”

Mediaite has reached out to CNN for comment.

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