CNN star Chris Cuomo has now been accused of sexual harassment in the pages of the New York Times by former producer Shelley Ross.
As Fox News reports:
A veteran television journalist accused CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday of once sexually harassing her when they worked together at ABC News and she feels the “Cuomo Prime Time” namesake needs to “journalistically repent” for his behavior.
In a guest essay for the New York Times, former executive producer Shelley Ross outlined an incident where Cuomo, who came under fire this year for giving private advice to his brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his sexual harassment scandal, squeezed the cheek of her buttock without her permission in 2005. She also produced an email where Chris Cuomo appeared to admit to the incident and apologize for his behavior.
“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.”
Ross said Cuomo told her, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss” and did it “with a kind of cocky arrogance.” Ross said she told him he couldn’t, pushed him off her and revealed her husband was right behind her, and they quickly left the party, which was celebrating an ABC colleague’s departure.
Ross even produced a copy of an email she had received from Cuomo admitting to the behavior.
So far CNN has not responded to requests for comment.