NEW YORK (AP) – A veteran TV news executive says CNN host Chris Cuomo sexually harassed her by pinching her bottom at a party in 2005.
Shelley Ross said in an op-ed in The New York Times on Friday that Cuomo, who previously reported her to ABC News, greeted her with a bear hug and squeezed her bottom while she was at a party with her husband.
Ross claimed that Cuomo told her, “I can handle this now that I’m not your boss.” She claims that she told Cuomo that he couldn’t do it, and then pushed him aside.
She claims he later apologized to her in an email, saying that he was embarrassed. Cuomo said that he had sincerely apologized to the Times.
Ross claims that Cuomo’s apology is a “plot to protect herself from liability and provide legal and additional coverage.”
His role in advising Andrew Cuomo, the former Governor of New York, has been criticised.
Andrew Cuomo quit last month after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.