CNN’s Chris Cuomo was accused of sexually harassing a female producer at a work party in 2005 in front of her husband!
In a New York Times opinion piece, Shelley Ross, the former executive producer at ABC News revealed Chris Cuomo grabbed her butt without her permission.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Shelley Ross said Cuomo was very arrogant when she told him to keep his paws off of her.
“’I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss,’” he said to me with a kind of cocky arrogance. “’No you can’t,’” I said, pushing him off me at the chest while stepping back, revealing my husband, who had seen the entire episode at close range. We quickly left.”
In June 2005, Cuomo sent Shelley Ross an email saying he was ashamed of what he did.
“Though 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 wrote. “So pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband … and I apologize to you as well, for ever putting you in such a position.”
“Next time, I will remember the lesson, no matter how happy I am to see you,” he added.
“Mr. Cuomo may say this is a sincere apology. I’ve always seen it as an attempt to provide himself with legal and moral coverage to evade accountability,” Shelley Ross said.
“I never thought that Mr. Cuomo’s behavior was sexual in nature. Whether he understood it at the time or not, his form of sexual harassment was a hostile act meant to diminish and belittle his female former boss in front of the staff,” she added.
Cuomo justified his actions because it was in a “public setting” and happened 16 years ago.
“As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it,” Chris Cuomo said in a statement.
Sleaziness runs in the family.
Chris Cuomo’s brother Andrew Cuomo was thrown out as New York’s governor after countless women came forward and said they were sexually assaulted by him.
Whether Chris Cuomo “understood it at the time or not, his form of sexual harassment was a hostile act meant to diminish and belittle his female former boss in front of the staff,” writes Shelley Ross. In an essay, she urges him to make change. https://t.co/ufRdltST8R
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) September 24, 2021