CNN’s Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by his former ABC boss who claims he squeezed her buttock upon greeting her in a bar – earlier than he later apologized saying he was ‘ashamed’ of his conduct.
Shelley Ross, former govt producer at ABC and CBS, penned an op ed for the New York Instances detailing the alleged incident at a going-away get together for an ABC colleague again in 2005.
Ross, who has spoken out prior to now about being sexually harassed by serial predator Roger Ailes, stated Cuomo gave her a ‘bear hug’ within the bar and grabbed and squeezed her buttock.
Cuomo, whose brother Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor of New York over a flurry of sexual harassment allegations final month, later despatched her an e mail apologizing for his actions, she stated.
The CNN anchor has not denied the allegations, telling the Instances Thursday ‘it occurred 16 years in the past’ and ‘was not sexual in nature.’
‘As Shelley acknowledges, our interplay was not sexual in nature. It occurred 16 years in the past in a public setting when she was a high govt at ABC,’ he stated.
‘I apologized to her then, and I meant it.’
CNN’s Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by his former ABC boss who claims he squeezed her buttock upon greeting her in a bar
Shelley Ross, former govt producer at ABC and CBS,(pictured in 2015) stated the alleged incident occurred at a going-away get together for an ABC colleague again in 2005
On the time of the alleged incident, Ross had not too long ago moved jobs from govt producer at ABC’s ‘Primetime Reside’ – the place Cuomo was an anchor – to changing into the manager producer of an ABC leisure particular.
Ross stated Cuomo defined his actions away on the night time as being okay as a result of she was ‘now not my boss.’
‘I used to be on the get together with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Weight loss program Coke as I spoke with work buddies,’ she wrote within the op ed.
‘When Mr. Cuomo entered the Higher West Aspect bar, he walked towards me and greeted me with a robust bear hug whereas decreasing one hand to firmly seize and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.’
Cuomo advised her ‘I can do that now that you just’re now not my boss,’ she claimed, including that it was stated ‘with a sort of cocky conceitedness’.
Ross stated she pushed Cuomo away from her, along with her husband witnessing what had occurred.
”No you possibly can’t,’ I stated, pushing him off me on the chest whereas stepping again, revealing my husband, who had seen the whole episode at shut vary. We rapidly left,’ she wrote.
Ross stated she obtained an e mail from Cuomo one hour later telling her she was ‘ashamed’ of his conduct.
The e-mail, dated June 1 2005, first apologized to Ross’s ‘superb and noble husband’ for having to witness his spouse ‘patted as such’ – and apologized to her second.
‘Now that I consider it… I’m ashamed,’ learn the topic line of the e-mail.
Chris Cuomo is seen carrying a shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘Reality’ throughout a Labor Day getaway to the Hamptons earlier this month
‘although my hearty greeting was a operate of being glad to see you…,’ the e-mail started.
Cuomo then went on to match his actions to that of Hollywood actor Christian Slater, who one month earlier had been arrested for allegedly randomly grabbing a lady’s buttocks whereas she was strolling by way of a avenue in Manhattan, New York Metropolis.
Slater was charged with third diploma sexual abuse however the fees had been later dropped.
‘Christian Slater acquired arrested for a (sort of) related act (although borne of an alleged damaging intent, not like my very own)…and as a husband i can empathize with not liking to see my spouse patted as such…,’ the e-mail learn.
‘so move alongside my apology to your superb and noble husband…and that i apologize to you as properly, for even placing you in such a place…
He closed out the e-mail with: ‘subsequent time, i’ll bear in mind the lesson, regardless of how glad i’m to see you…’
In her op ed, Ross stated she questioned whether or not Cuomo was ‘ashamed’ of ‘what he did, or was he embarrassed as a result of my husband noticed it?’
Andrew Cuomo left and Chris Cuomo proper. The CNN anchor has come below hearth for his dealing with of his brother’s sexual harassment scandal
She added: ‘Mr. Cuomo could say this can be a honest apology. I’ve at all times seen it as an try to offer himself with authorized and ethical protection to evade accountability.’
Ross pointed to the comparability Cuomo – a former lawyer – made with Slater, saying she believes he was making an attempt ‘to legally differentiate the 2 incidents.’
She added that she didn’t imagine his actions had been ‘sexual in nature’ however moderately an try and ‘diminish and belittle his feminine former boss.’
‘I by no means thought that Mr. Cuomo’s conduct was sexual in nature,’ she wrote.
‘Whether or not he understood it on the time or not, his type of sexual harassment was a hostile act meant to decrease and belittle his feminine former boss in entrance of the employees.’
Ross stated she was talking out concerning the incident after watching Cuomo’s dealing with of the sexual harassment scandal surrounding his brother Andrew.
The governor stood down in shame in August when a damning investigation by the New York lawyer basic discovered he had sexually harassed at the very least 11 ladies.
The allegations started surfacing in December when the primary of a number of ladies – lots of them present and former aides within the governor’s workplace – got here ahead to accuse him of sexual harassment.
CNN host Cuomo had usually introduced his brother onto his present through the pandemic – when the governor was on a pedestal for his dealing with of the disaster in New York.
When the allegations continued to mount in opposition to the governor, Chris Cuomo introduced on his CNN present that he wouldn’t cowl or interview his brother as a result of scandal.
‘I’ve at all times cared very deeply about these points and profoundly so. I simply wished to let you know that,’ he advised viewers in early March.
In Could, it emerged that the CNN host had been advising his brother over the scandal.
This involvement drew the ire of his CNN colleagues and Cuomo was pressured to apologize to viewers and colleagues.
Nevertheless, he insisted he was not advising him in knowledgeable capability however ‘as a brother.’
‘It was a singular state of affairs being a brother to a politician in a scandal and being a part of the media,’ he stated reside on air in mid-August.
‘I attempted to do the appropriate factor, and I simply need you-all to know that.’
Then, earlier this month Cuomo was noticed carrying a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘Reality’ throughout it throughout a Labor Day getaway to the Hamptons.
Ross stated she questions whether or not her alleged harasser really believes in ‘accountability’ for such conduct.
‘For me, his assertion of profound concern about sexual harassment and his ‘Reality’ T-shirt had been provocations on this period of non-public accountability,’ she wrote.
‘Given Mr. Cuomo’s function as a supporter of and counselor to his brother, I’m left once more questioning about his relationship with reality and accountability.
‘Has this man at all times cared “deeply” and “profoundly” about sexual harassment points?
‘Does he imagine sufficient in accountability to step up and take some significant actions?’