Chris Cuomo, a CNN star anchor, was accused by a former co-worker of sexually harassing her. Chris is the brother of Andrew Cuomo, who served as governor of New York until just over a month ago when he had to resign from his post precisely because of serious allegations of sexual harassment involving him.
Shelley Ross, a well-known television producer in the United States, has denounced CNN host Chris Cuomo for sexual harassment. Ross wrote a devastating column in The New York Times describing details of the incident.
The specific situation would have occurred when the two worked together at ABC News. According to the article published on Friday, Sept. 24, Cuomo allegedly touched her in a completely inappropriate way without her permission during a party organized by a colleague of both in 2005.
Ross also produced an email where Chris Cuomo appeared to admit the facts and apologize for his inappropriate behavior.
“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 wrote.
“‘I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss’ he told me with a kind of cocky arrogance. ‘No, you can’t,’ I replied, pushing him off my chest as I stepped back, letting my husband, who had seen the whole episode up close, see. We quickly left,” Ross continued to write.
Cuomo, who was 34 at the time of the alleged incident, asked Ross via email to send a heartfelt apology to her “very good and noble husband for putting him in such a position.” She added that she would remember her lesson the next time he was happy to see her.
Ross notes that, as can be read in the email, Cuomo seems more concerned about apologizing to her husband than to her for touching his body.
“He apologized first in his email to my’ very good and noble husband’ and then to me for ‘putting you in such a situation.'” So, the question that comes out of this that the author of the release asks herself is, “Was he ashamed of what he did, or was he ashamed because my husband saw it?”
Chris Cuomo’s case arouses inevitable relevance because his brother Andrew, former governor of New York, had to leave office after New York State Attorney General Leticia James found him guilty of sexually harassing several women.
“We, the investigators appointed to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, conclude that the Governor engaged in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment under federal and New York State law,” the attorney general’s report reads.
Subsequent to the report released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, on Aug. 24, New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would resign from his post. Although he did not acknowledge any responsibility in public statements, Cuomo left office following recommendations from New York members of Congress, President Joe Biden, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
His brother Chris Cuomo has been criticized for engaging in strategic calls with former Gov. Cuomo’s top aides on how to address harassment charges. Sources said at the time that the younger Cuomo urged his brother not to resign.