Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment by His Former Boss

A former executive producer says Chris groped her at a party in 2005 — and then apologized to her husband.

9/24/2021 6:56:00 PM

A former executive producer at ABC News has accused Chris Cuomo of sexually harassing her in 2005, just after she had left her job as the news anchor’s boss

A former executive producer says Chris groped her at a party in 2005 — and then apologized to her husband.

In a New York Times op-ed, Shelley Ross, who worked as the producer of Primetime in 2004 when Cuomo was a contributing correspondent, recalled an incident at a colleague’s going-away party at a New York bar. According to Ross’s account, Cuomo greeted her with a hug, during which he squeezed her behind and said, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss.” She writes that she pushed him away, saying, “No, you can’t,” at which point Cuomo saw that Ross’s husband had seen the encounter.

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Perhaps the most unsettling part of Ross’ story is the email Cuomo decided to follow up with in which he apologized for his behavior first and foremost to Ross’s husband — which would seem to suggest a lot about how he views women. He also attempted to differentiate his behavior from Christian Slater, who had been arrested earlier that year for drunkenly groping a woman in the street. The email, which Ross provides a screenshot of, bears the subject line “now that i think of it…i am ashamed…”

It continues:though 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… headtopics.com

so pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband…and i apologize to you as well, for even putting you in such a position…next time, i will remember the lesson, no matter how happy i am to see you… The allegation against Cuomo comes after months of reports of sexual harassment by his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, which ultimately led to his resignation in August. Earlier this year, Chris announced on his CNN show that he would not be covering his brother’s sexual harassment scandal, presumably because of a conflict of interest, though in May, Chris apologized publicly for participating in shaping his brother’s defense (he allegedly advised that Andrew not resign but “express contrition”). Chris is one of many powerful people who appears to have enabled and protected his brother’s reputation, including the leadership of Time’s Up — an organization that was founded to support victims of sexual abuse and harassment.

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Nettaaaaaaaa It doesn't surprise me that Chris Cuomo squeezed this women's butt. Doesn't surprise me that he apologized immediately after. What surprised me is the 16 years later vitriol, the unseriousness of her complaint and that nytimes published it. And his brother too not socked since they cut from the same cloth

Runs in the family, eh? Cuomo. Where have I heard that name before?

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexually Harassing a Former ABC News ProducerShelley Ross said Mr. Cuomo, the brother of the former New York governor, touched her inappropriately at a party in 2005. He said that he apologized for the incident and that it wasn’t sexual in nature. Well this is serious,… hope more stories could surface from his days in Conception School in Jamaica, Queens, and at The Albany Academy NY… To punish the bad effectively is to protect the innocent carefully….. Pervert or Italian?

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