Shelley Ross, a former ABC News producer, accused CNN’s Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in a visitor essay within the New York Times on Friday. Ross mentioned an incident from 2015, when Cuomo labored below her at ABC:s
“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,” Ross writes. “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 mentioned Cuomo adopted up the motion by saying, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss” with “a kind of cocky arrogance.” Ross instructed Cuomo he couldn’t earlier than revealing her husband was proper behind her.
In the piece, Ross posted a screenshot of an electronic mail Cuomo despatched her one hour after the incident:
“Now that I think of it … I am ashamed,” learn the topic line of the 2005 electronic mail from Cuomo.
“[T]hough 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.”
Chris Cuomo seemingly admitted to the allegations in that 2015 electronic mail and didn’t deny Ross’ claims in an announcement to the Times on Thursday:
“As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature,” Cuomo says. “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.”
CNN didn’t reply to a Fox News request for remark.
Ross says that whereas Cuomo says his apology is honest, she views the e-mail as an try to supply himself with “legal and moral coverage to evade accountability.”
Ross additionally prompt she discovered Chris Cuomo’s statements about sexual harassment allegations towards his brother, then New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as hypocritical. Chris Cuomo instructed his CNN viewers this spring that he has all the time cared deeply about sexual harassment claims.
Meanwhile, Shelley Ross says she does not want for CNN to fireplace Cuomo however hopes he’ll use his energy to make a change. She ended her visitor essay as follows:
“I’m not asking for Mr. Cuomo to become the next casualty in this continuing terrible story. I hope he stays at CNN forever if he chooses. I would, however, like to see him journalistically repent: agree on air to study the impact of sexism, harassment and gender bias in the workplace, including his own, and then report on it.”