New York (Associated Press)-A senior television news executive said that in 2005, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo squeezed her buttocks at a party and sexually harassed her.
Shelley Ross wrote in a review in The New York Times Friday that Chris Cuomo had greeted her after she reported to him on ABC News. He also gave her a bear hug and “At the time put down one handed, firmly grasped and squeeze.” Her hips, and cheeks when she was with her husband at a party.
Ross stated that Cuomo had told her, “Now I am not your boss, I can accomplish this,” she replied, pushing him away and revealing her husband. This was what he witnessed.
Cuomo sent him an email shortly after, calling him “ashamed”. Rose and her husband were also informed by Cuomo about a celebrity recently arrested for similar behavior. He then apologized.
When asked about comments, Cuomo told the New York Times, “As Shelley admitted, our interaction is not sexual in nature. This happened 16 year ago, when she was an ABC executive. At the time, I apologized to her. I was serious.
Cuomo Primetime host Cuomo was criticized because he advised his brother Andrew Cuomo. Andrew Cuomo quit last month amid allegations of sexual harassment from multiple women.
Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat denied having improper contact with any woman.
Chris Cuomo stated to CNN viewers last month that Cuomo had advised his brother not to make such a mistake. Cuomo explained, “I was there as a listener and to give my opinion.” “My advice to my brother has been simple and consistent. Admit what you did, tell other people what you are going to do to change your behavior, and then repent. Accepting your intentions are not important. What is important is your behavior. How your words are perceived.
Ross stated in an article in The Times, Chris Cuomo should feel ashamed of his conduct towards her. “But my question today remains the same as before: Is he ashamed or is it because my husband? I was embarrassed to see his behaviour. It is?”
She stated that she believes the apology is a “trying to provide legal protection for herself in an effort to avoid taking responsibility.”
On Friday, when asked to comment on Rose’s article, a CNN spokesperson referred to Cuomo’s statement to the New York Times.
Ross previously wrote articles about Roger Ayres’ sexual harassment. Roger Ayres, who was fired from Fox News in 2017, died after harassment claims.
Rose recounts what happened in 1981 in a New York Times piece. She claimed that Ayres made an apology to Rose because she insist on “Sex League” in order to get pending jobs in NBC’s program “Tomorrow.”