CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by a Former ABC executive producer who claimed the event happened at a party in 2005.
According to a report in The Daily Caller, Shelley Ross, who formerly moved within the inner circles of cable news, was hosting a going-away party for a colleague when Cuomo acted inappropriately.
Ross had only recently transitioned away from working as one of Cuomo’s producers at “Primetime Live” and moved to be the executive producer for an entertainment special, according to her guest essay for The New York Times.
“At the time, I was the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special, but I was Mr. Cuomo’s executive producer at ‘Primetime Live’ just before that,” Ross explained.
“I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends. When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.”
Ross was incensed by Cuomo’s action, calling it arrogant, especially considering his assertion that “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss.”
The alleged victim says she then pushed him away, saying, “No, you can’t,” and she and her husband, who had seen the exchange, left shortly after.
Cuomo seems to have thought better of his actions because he reportedly somewhat apologized in an email shortly afterward:
“[T]hough my hearty greeting was a function of being glad to see you … christian slater got arrested for a (kind of) similar act, (though borne of an alleged negative intent, unlike my own)…and as a husband I can empathize with not liking to see my wife patted as such,” Cuomo’s email reportedly read.