Cuomo Harassed a Former ABC News Executive, She Claims.
UNITED NATIONS—New York City As a former executive of the television news industry,
in 2005, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo made unwanted sexual advances by grabbing her buttocks at a party.
During a party with her husband, Shelley Ross said Chris Cuomo, who she had previously worked with at ABC News, gave her a bear hug and squeezed the cheek of her buttock with one hand while lowering the other.
The husband of an ABC executive has been sexually harassed.
Ross said that he said he could since she was no longer his employer, but she said, “No you can’t,” pulling him away and revealing her husband, who had been there throughout the incident.
Within minutes after the incident, Cuomo wrote an email to staffers in which he said he was “ashamed.” He apologized to Ross and her husband, mentioning a celebrity who had just been arrested for similar conduct.
“As Shelley admits, our relationship was not sexual in nature,” Cuomo said when contacted by the Times for comment. It occurred in a public environment 16 years ago, when she was a high-ranking ABC executive. In that moment, I really apologized to her.”
Both of the Cuomo brothers have been accused of sexual harassment.
In the wake of Andrew Cuomo’s resignation as governor of New York after numerous accusations of sexual harassment, Cuomo’s position as the presenter of “Cuomo Prime Time” has come under fire.
Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has denied improperly touching any of the women who have come forward with allegations against him.
The former governor of New York admitted to CNN viewers last month that he had encouraged his brother to show remorse. Cuomo explained his attendance by saying, “I was there to listen and give my perspective. “And my counsel to my brother was straightforward and unwavering:
take responsibility for your actions, tell others how you plan to improve, and show contrition. In the end, realize that what counts is how your actions and words are received, not what you meant.”
Cuomo’s apology, according to Ross, avoids accountability.
“My concern now is the same as it was then: Was he ashamed of what he did, or was he embarrassed because my husband witnessed it,”
Ross wrote in an article for the Times about Chris Cuomo’s behavior with her.
In her opinion, the apology is an effort by the man to avoid responsibility by giving himself legal and moral protection.
Upon being questioned on Friday about Ross’ article,
a CNN spokeswoman pointed to a remark that Cuomo made to the New York Times.
Roger Ailes, who was fired from Fox News Channel after harassment allegations were lodged against him and later died, had tormented Ross in the past, and Ross has written about it.
Ailes apologized to Ross for pressing on a “sexual connection”
as a condition of an impending job offer at the “Tomorrow” program on NBC,
Ross said in her New York Times article from 1981.
Ross said that she accepted Ailes’ apology,
believing that she might “help change the workplace, one predator, at a time.” Ross remarked.
A series in which Cuomo ‘journalistically repents’ is suggested by a victim.
Chris Cuomo should “journalistically repent: agree on air to research the effects of sexism, harassment, and gender prejudice in the workplace, including his own, and then report on it,” Ross stated. Ross isn’t calling for Chris Cuomo to be dismissed from CNN.
Chris Cuomo’s Continuing Education Town Hall Meetings, she proposed.
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