CNN host Chris Cuomo, who routinely denigrated former President Donald Trump regarding allegations of sexual harassment, was recently accused by an old boss of engaging in sexually harassing behavior of his own.
Cuomo has essentially brushed off and downplayed the new allegation from several years ago, prompting his accuser to suggest that he’s learned nothing over the years and is no more “enlightened” now than before, Fox News reported.
The alleged incident in question is said to have occurred in 2005 and involves an accusation from then-ABC News producer Shelley Ross that Cuomo had grabbed and squeezed her buttocks in front of her husband at a party, for which he purportedly apologized a short time later.
Ross detailed her allegation against Cuomo — which is seemingly confirmed by Cuomo’s own emailed apology in the immediate aftermath — as well as how it all relates to the current #MeToo era in an op-ed for The New York Times last week.
She also appeared to take great exception to the revelation in recent months that Cuomo had been secretly advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), on how to most effectively counter and deal with the governor’s own mounting allegations of sexual assault and harassment from current and former staffers.
But, perhaps unsurprisingly, given his general “arrogance” and “cocky” attitude, the CNN host had downplayed the significance of the accusation against him by dismissing it as not being “sexual in nature” in a statement to the Times.
“As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. 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,” Cuomo said in the statement.
“Lack of enlightenment”
That statement has not sat well with Ross, who told Business Insider regarding Cuomo: “I was hoping that in 15, 16 years that he had changed, but he’s no more enlightened today than he was then, as demonstrated by his response.”
“I don’t acknowledge that there’s anything that was ‘our interaction.’ I was not a participant,” Ross continued.
“I was groped,” she added. “And so to say that I acknowledge interaction, no. That shows a lack of enlightenment.”
Search for accountability
Ross had made it clear in her Times op-ed that she isn’t seeking for Cuomo to be canceled or fired or punished in any substantial way for the alleged harassment in 2005, though she was hopeful that he would learn from his purported mistake and accept accountability and alter his own behavior.
Unfortunately for Ross, as made clear by Cuomo’s response to the accusation and her counter-reply, that doesn’t appear to be the case, which isn’t surprising given that it’s a Cuomo brother.