CNN host Chris Cuomo became the focus of criticism earlier this year after it emerged that he secretly provided his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), with advice on handling sexual harassment allegations.
However, according to Fox News, this week it was reported that Chris Cuomo now has to contend with sexual harassment allegations of his own.
Revealed in the bombshell report, former ABC News executive producer Shelley Ross accused Cuomo of having groped her in 2005 while he was employed by the network.
Cuomo’s bizarre email
Ross made the claim in a New York Times guest piece published Friday, asserting that Cuomo squeezed her buttocks without her consent at a colleague’s going away party inside of a New York City bar.
“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,” she wrote.
Ross recalled Cuomo saying, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss.” She also noted that the television personality spoke to her “with a kind of cocky arrogance.”
Ross went on to say that her husband witnessed their interaction. She included an email Cuomo sent her about an hour later apologizing for his behavior, adding that he felt “ashamed.”
“He should have been,” Ross wrote. “But my question today is the same as it was then: Was he ashamed of what he did, or was he embarrassed because my husband saw it?”
Cuomo trashed online
Fox News noted that Cuomo “was quickly slammed on social media once the Times essay went viral,” with a number of journalists coming to Ross’ defense.
“This is a very powerful opinion piece,” Fox News senior meteorologist and regular Cuomo critic Janice Dean tweeted. “I commend Shelly Ross for having the courage to write it.”
“I’m not as hopeful that Chris Cuomo will change, though. He advised his brother about his sexual harassment accusations and his employer allowed it,” Dean added.
The outrage wasn’t limited to those on the right, with left-leaning personality Keith Olbermann tweeting, “The ‘Rules Don’t Apply To Me’ code often transcends specific topics. First, @ChrisCuomo violated journalistic standards by covering/ignoring his brother. Now he’s accused of sexual harassment at ABC.”