A bicyclist from Long Island filed a police report Monday against CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, the New York Post reported.
Identified only as David, the 65-year-old said he was riding his bicycle on Sunday afternoon when he saw Cuomo outside of a property the anchor owns that is currently under construction. But when David asked why Cuomo wasn’t still in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, the CNN host got combative.
“I can do what I want!”
David told the Post in an exclusive interview Tuesday that he saw Cuomo and two women, one of which appeared to be the anchor’s wife, at the property, along with three children, who were apparently playing. “I just looked and said, ‘Is that Chris Cuomo? Isn’t he supposed to be quarantined?’” David recalled.
The 65-year-old said he was sitting on his bike at this point, “well over a hundred feet” away, when the woman who he believes was Cuomo’s wife approached him. When he started to question why the anchor wasn’t self-isolating, Cuomo himself stepped in.
“[Cuomo] said, ‘Who the hell are you?! I can do what I want!’” David alleged, according to the Post. “He just ranted, screaming, ‘I’ll find out who you are!'”
The bicyclist went on: “I said to him, ‘Your brother is the coronavirus czar, and you’re not even following his rules — unnecessary travel.'” According to David, Cuomo “just began to boil more.”
“He said, ‘This is not the end of this. You’ll deal with this later. We will meet again,'” the 65-year-old recalled. “If that’s not a threat, I don’t know what is.”
“I hate bullies.”
According to the Post, David didn’t file a police report until the next afternoon. “I hate bullies,” the bicyclist told the outlet.
But it doesn’t seem that Cuomo sees himself as the instigator. On an episode of his radio show Monday night, the CNN host said he doesn’t want to hear from “some jacka**, loser, fat-tire biker.”
“I want to be able to tell you to go to hell, to shut your mouth,” Cuomo said, according to The Hill. “I don’t get that doing what I do for a living: me being able to tell you to shut your mouth or I will do you the way you guys do each other.”
While David claims police were initially reluctant to take the incident seriously, he says that changed after they heard Cuomo’s on-air rant, the Post reported. It remains unclear, however, whether authorities will pursue the matter further.
For his part, Cuomo told CNN on Wednesday that while he had been feeling better in recent days, his fever resumed after he stopped taking Tylenol. “I have to be honest, I got a little cocky,” he said. Perhaps his encounter with David will bring the longtime anchor back down to Earth.