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Twitter explodes with fury after CNN’s Chris Cuomo is accused of sexual harassment


Twitter on Friday was bristling with barbed feedback aimed toward CNN host Chris Cuomo in response to a bombshell declare that he grabbed his former ABC boss’ buttock throughout a gathering in 2005. 

Shelley Ross, former government producer at ABC and CBS, accused the married dad-of-three presenter in a searing opinion piece for the New York Instances detailing the alleged incident at a going-away social gathering for a colleague 16 years in the past. 

Cuomo despatched an e mail shortly afterward saying he was ‘ashamed,’ and apologized to Ross’ husband, who was current throughout the encounter. 

The host of the eponymous Cuomo Prime Time had confronted an avalanche of criticism and widespread requires his firing over his function in advising his brother, Andrew Cuomo, who resigned as New York governor final month over allegations of sexual harassment from a number of girls.

Twitter wits wasted no time drawing unflattering comparisons between the 2 Cuomo siblings on Friday. 

Brigitte Gabriel, founding father of the right-wing group ACT for America, wrote: ‘It appears to be like like being a creep is a part of being a Cuomo.’ 

ABC boss Shelley Ross

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by his former ABC boss Shelley Ross (proper), who claims he squeezed her buttock upon greeting her in a bar

Twitter lit up with fury directed at Chris Cuomo on Friday, with many commenters drawing unflattering comparisons between the CNN host and his older brother

Twitter lit up with fury directed at Chris Cuomo on Friday, with many commenters drawing unflattering comparisons between the CNN host and his older brother 

Lindsay Boylan, the first woman to publicly accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, praised Shelley Ross for seeking to hold Chris Cuomo accountable

Lindsay Boylan, the primary lady to publicly accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, praised Shelley Ross for looking for to carry Chris Cuomo accountable 

Equally, Fox Information contributor Sara A Carter puzzled: ‘Runs within the household?’ 

Sebastian Gorka, former President Donald Trump’s adviser, quipped that ‘being a pervert runs in Fredo’s household’ – a reference to the character of Michael Corleone’s weak and hapless brother in The Godfather movies. 

Steve Milloy, a Fox contributor and local weather change denier, went an identical route, writing: ‘Fredo, you’re in hassle now.’ 

Amid the refrain of condemnation, Lindsay Boylan, the primary lady to publicly accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, praised Ross for breaking her silence. 

‘Thanks Shelley Ross. Your deal with accountability is strictly proper,’ she tweeted. ‘@ChrisCuomowill you maintain your self accountable?’

Ross, who has spoken out previously about being sexually harassed by the late Fox Information boss and serial intercourse pest Roger Ailes, stated Cuomo gave her a ‘bear hug’ within the bar and grabbed and squeezed her buttock. 

Cuomo later despatched her an e mail, apologizing for his actions, she stated.

Ross added that she didn’t consider his actions had been ‘sexual in nature’ however fairly a ‘type of sexual harassment’ the place he tried to ‘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.’     

The CNN anchor has not denied the allegations, telling the Instances on 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 government at ABC,’ he stated.

‘I apologized to her then, and I meant it.’ 

As of Friday afternoon, CNN has not commented on the allegations in opposition to Cuomo. 

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann hit out at Cuomo on Twitter

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann hit out at Cuomo on Twitter

In the meantime, on social media unfavourable feedback focusing on the embattled TV presenter have continued pouring in all through the day. 

‘It is a very highly effective opinion piece,’ tweeted Fox Information meteorologist Janice Dean. ‘I commend Shelly Ross the for having the braveness to jot down it. I’m not as hopeful that Chris Cuomo will change, although. He suggested his brother about his sexual harassment accusations and his employer allowed it.’

Ari Cohn, a First Modification lawyer, joked: ‘I assume no less than meaning @andrewcuomo was getting recommendation from somebody who knew what he was speaking about.’

Proper-wing commentators weren’t the one ones attacking Cuomo.  

‘The ‘Guidelines Don’t Apply To Me’ code usually transcends particular subjects,’ former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann tweeted. ‘First, @ChrisCuomo violated journalistic requirements by protecting/ignoring his brother. Now he’s accused of sexual harassment at ABC.’

David Simone, Shelley Ross and Ryan Silverman in 2014. Ross said the incident happened in front of her husband Simone

David Simone, Shelley Ross and Ryan Silverman in 2014. Ross stated the incident occurred in entrance of her husband Simone 

CHRIS CUOMO’S EMAIL APOLOGY

Topic line: ‘Now that I consider it… I’m ashamed.’ 

E mail: ‘although my hearty greeting was a operate of being glad to see you…

‘Christian Slater obtained arrested for a (form of) related act (although borne of an alleged unfavourable intent, in contrast to my very own)…and as a husband i can empathize with not liking to see my spouse patted as such…

‘so move alongside my apology to your superb and noble husband…and that i apologize to you as effectively, for even placing you in such a place…

‘subsequent time, i’ll bear in mind the lesson, regardless of how pleased i’m to see you…’ 

On the time of the alleged incident, Ross had lately moved jobs from government producer at ABC’s ‘Primetime Stay’ – the place Cuomo was an anchor – to turning into the chief 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 social gathering with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Weight-reduction plan Coke as I spoke with work associates,’ she wrote within the op ed. 

‘When Mr. Cuomo entered the Higher West Facet bar, he walked towards me and greeted me with a powerful bear hug whereas reducing one hand to firmly seize and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.’

Cuomo advised her ‘I can do that now that you simply’re now not my boss,’ she claimed, including that it was stated ‘with a form of cocky conceitedness’. 

Ross stated she pushed Cuomo away from her, together with her husband witnessing what had occurred. 

”No you’ll be able to’t,’ I stated, pushing him off me on the chest whereas stepping again, revealing my husband, who had seen your entire episode at shut vary. We shortly left,’ she wrote.   

Ross stated she acquired 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. 

‘although my hearty greeting was a operate of being glad to see you…,’ the e-mail started. 

Chris Cuomo is pictured with his family in a photo on his Instagram account. Ross said Cuomo gave her a 'bear hug' in the bar and grabbed and squeezed her buttock in 2005

Chris Cuomo is pictured together with his household in a photograph on his Instagram account. Ross stated Cuomo gave her a ‘bear hug’ within the bar and grabbed and squeezed her buttock in 2005

Chris Cuomo is seen wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase 'Truth' during a Labor Day getaway to the Hamptons earlier this month

Chris Cuomo is seen carrying a shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘Reality’ throughout a Labor Day getaway to the Hamptons earlier this month 

Cuomo then went on to check 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 road in Manhattan, New York Metropolis.

Slater was charged with third diploma sexual abuse however the expenses had been later dropped.  

‘Christian Slater obtained arrested for a (form of) related act (although borne of an alleged unfavourable intent, in contrast to 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 effectively, 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 pleased 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?’

She added: ‘Mr. Cuomo might say it is a honest apology. I’ve at all times seen it as an try to offer himself with authorized and ethical protection to evade accountability.’

She additionally questioned whether or not their was a authorized motive behind his e mail, pointing to the comparability Cuomo – a former lawyer – made with Slater, saying she believes he was trying ‘to legally differentiate the 2 incidents.’ 

CHRIS CUOMO’S SCANDALS:

‘Breaking quarantine’ 

Chris Cuomo revealed he had contracted COVID-19 in March 2020 and quarantined within the basement of his household house within the Hamptons – and  reporting his CNN present stay from there.

In April, he obtained right into a spat with a bike owner who stated he went previous his house and noticed the anchor not quarantining however as an alternative exterior within the backyard of his house together with his spouse and youngsters.

Cuomo lashed out on the man on his present calling him ‘some jackass, loser, fats tire biker’ and the bike owner filed a police report .

CNN then confirmed a video of Cuomo merging from his basement and rejoining his household after his quarantine.

‘Violating masks guidelines’  

Cuomo was branded a hypocrite in October for reportedly violating New York’s masks mandate.

Cuomo was despatched a letter from the property administration at his Manhattan residence constructing warning him that he had been seen violating the order to put on a face protecting within the public areas.  

‘You may have been noticed getting into and exiting the constructing and driving the elevator with out the required face coverings,’ learn the letter, despatched in August and obtained by Fox.

The letter stated employees had requested him to conform however he had ‘refused.’ 

He was threatened with a $500 fantastic if he continued to interrupt the foundations. 

The masks mandate was put in place by his brother Andrew Cuomo in April. 

Advising his ‘intercourse pest’ brother 

Cuomo usually introduced his brother Andrew onto his CNN present throughout the pandemic.

When allegations of sexual harassment started to mount in opposition to the governor, Cuomo stated he wouldn’t cowl or interview his brother because of the scandal.   

In Might, it emerged he had been advising his brother over the scandal and Cuomo was pressured to apologize to viewers and colleagues. 

Calls mounted for his resignation from CNN and the community admitted his actions had been ‘inappropriate.’  

He insisted he was not advising him in knowledgeable capability however ‘as a brother.’  

‘I attempted to do the appropriate factor, and I simply need you-all to know that,’ he stated.  

Spat over ‘Fredo’

In 2019, a video went viral of Cuomo in a verbal struggle with a bunch of males in a New York bar after they known as him ‘Fredo.’

Cuomo is heard within the video, which went viral, threatening to ‘f**king throw you down these stairs like a f**king punk.’

The Italian-American likened the time period ‘Fredo’ – a reference to a personality in The Godfather and derogatory time period for Italians – to ‘the n-word for us’ Italians. 

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 legal professional normal discovered he had sexually harassed no less than 11 girls.

The allegations started surfacing in December when the primary of a number of girls – a lot of them present and former aides within the governor’s workplace – got here ahead to accuse him of sexual harassment. 

The governor was additionally rocked by the COVID-19 nursing house deaths scandal the place his administration was accused of protecting up the loss of life toll in state amenities after he issued a March 2020 directive ordering nursing houses to readmit COVID-positive sufferers.

Questions additionally arose over the writing of his controversial memoir with allegations he had authorities staffers work on the non-public venture.

The governor was additionally accused of giving particular remedy to his family and friends – together with Chris – within the early days of the pandemic, be offering them with COVID-19 assessments after they had been in brief provide. 

CNN host Cuomo had usually introduced his brother onto his present throughout 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 because of the scandal.  

‘I’ve at all times cared very deeply about these points and profoundly so. I simply needed to inform you that,’ he advised viewers in early March.

In Might, 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. 

Calls mounted for his resignation from CNN and the community admitted his actions had been ‘inappropriate.’ 

Andrew Cuomo left and Chris Cuomo right. The CNN anchor has come under fire for his handling of his brother's sexual harassment scandal

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 

The AG’s report into the governor’s conduct discovered that Cuomo had been a part of ‘ongoing and common discussions about how to reply to the allegations publicly’.  

Nevertheless, he insisted he was not advising him in knowledgeable capability however ‘as a brother.’ 

‘It was a singular scenario being a brother to a politician in a scandal and being a part of the media,’ he stated stay 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 actually 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 private 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 fact and accountability. 

‘Has this man at all times cared ‘deeply’ and ‘profoundly’ about sexual harassment points? 

Ross has spoken out in the past to claim she was sexually harassed by disgraced former Fox News chairman-CEO Roger Ailes (pictured)

Ross has spoken out previously to say she was sexually harassed by disgraced former Fox Information chairman-CEO Roger Ailes (pictured) 

ANDREW CUOMO’S SCANDALS:

Chris Cuomo’s brother Andrew fell from his pedestal – when he received an Emmy for his COVID-19 press conferences and resigned over the intercourse pest scandal in August. 

Intercourse pest scandal 

In December, the primary lady spoke out to accuse him of sexual harassment.

Since then, no less than 11 girls got here ahead with allegations and a probe was launched by the New York legal professional normal.

The investigation discovered he had sexually harassed no less than 11 girls and his workplace had retaliated in opposition to no less than one lady. 

Nursing house deaths 

The governor was accused of protecting up the loss of life toll in New York state nursing houses throughout the early days of the pandemic.

In March 2020, he issued a directive ordering nursing houses to readmit COVID-positive sufferers attributable to restricted house in hospitals.

The directive was later reversed.

In January, the state AG revealed his administration had undercounted the deaths within the amenities by round half.

His high aide then admitted to hiding the info from Trumps’ DOJ.

The controversial memoir

Cuomo got here below hearth for releasing his e-book ‘American Disaster: Management Classes from the COVID-19 Pandemic’ in October when the pandemic rumbled on.

An investigation was then launched this yr to find out whether or not he unlawfully abused state sources, together with staffers, to draft and put it up for sale.  

Cuomo’s workplace has insisted staffers who labored on the e-book did so voluntarily. 

NY AG issued a subpoena to the Joint Fee on Public Ethics in its investigation September.

Particular remedy for household   

The governor was additionally accused of giving particular remedy to his family and friends – together with Chris – within the early days of the pandemic. 

Investigators are wanting into whether or not he misused public sources by offering his household with COVID-19 testing at a time when testing was not widespread. 

‘Does he consider sufficient in accountability to step up and take some significant actions?’ 

Ross pointed to accountability for individuals accused of enabling the governor’s conduct, comparable to Time’s Up’s CEO Tina Tchen who stood down after it emerged the nonprofit was concerned in a letter looking for to discredit allegations of an accuser.  

‘Whereas the fallout has continued throughout Governor Cuomo’s circle of advisers… Mr. Cuomo and CNN appear to have moved on,’ she wrote. 

‘If Mr. Cuomo and CNN administration don’t suppose he crossed a critical line, one which warrants penalties, I do know he crossed a line with me.’ 

Ross stated she doesn’t want for the CNN anchor to ‘turn out to be the following casualty on this persevering with horrible story.’

As an alternative, she stated this might be a ‘watershed second as an alternative of one other stain on the profession of another highly effective male information anchor”

‘I’d, nevertheless, prefer to see him journalistically repent: agree on air to check the influence of sexism, harassment and gender bias within the office, together with his personal, after which report on it,’ she stated, describing it as ‘The Persevering with Training of Chris Cuomo’.   

Ross has spoken out previously to say she was sexually harassed by disgraced former Fox Information chairman-CEO Roger Ailes.

Ailes, who died in 2017, led Fox for twenty years earlier than being ousted following a number of accusations of sexual harassment by a number of girls, together with former Fox hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson.

Among the allegations went again nearly six many years. 

Ross penned a 2016 article for the Every day Beast detailing that Ailes had proposed a ‘sexual alliance’ as a type of ‘loyalty’ to her work as a producer. 

She stated Ailes had employed her in 1981 as a phase producer on NBC’s ‘Tomorrow Present’, which he was government producer for. 

Throughout a lunch on the day she accepted the job provide, she stated Ailes requested her: ‘When did you first uncover you had been attractive?” 

‘My head abruptly dropped like a marionette and I may now not make eye contact. I may solely handle to stare at my ft as I answered, ‘I’m discovering this dialog very embarrassing,” Ross wrote.

Ailes then continued to be ‘very persistent’ and allegedly went on to inform her that ‘one of the best expression of that loyalty comes within the type of a ‘sexual alliance.”

When she then tried to again out of taking the job, she stated three NBC legal professionals intervened.

Ailes then apologized to her telling her his actions had been all the way down to ‘center age craziness’ and tried to persuade her to simply accept the job.  





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