Shelley Ross, a former executive producer at ABC and CBS News said CNN anchor Chris Cuomo sexually harassed her, describing a public incident at a going away party for a colleague in 2005.
In an essay published in the New York Times this morning, Ross says she doesn’t want Cuomo to lose his job but hopes instead he’ll use his power to “make change.”
Ross said the moment “crystallized for her” in the events leading up to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation after multiples allegations of harassment and a damning report by the New York Attorney General. It emerged that Chris Cuomo had advised his brother on his response. The host recused himself from covering his brother on air but stated that, “I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.”
Ross, who had been the former executive producer at Chris Cuomo’s show Primetime Live, described him entering an Upper West Side bar where “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 said he joked that he could do it since she wasn’t his boss anymore.
She said her husband had seen the episode and they both left. Soon after, Cuomo emailed her apologizing.
The Times published a copy of the email. Is said that Cuomo told the NYT in response that: “As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in n ature. 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.”