Chris Cuomo is now facing a similar firestorm to his brother Andrew Cuomo. As previously reported, the former governor of New York resigned exactly a month ago over sexual harassment accusations. A former colleague named Shelley Ross has accused Chris of sexual harassment in a New York Times opinion essay.
Shelley is a former executive producer for ABC and CBS. At the time of the alleged incident, she was working on an ABC entertainment special. Prior to that, she executive produced his show “Primetime Live,” therefore making her his boss.
Shelley alleges that in 2005 she and her husband attended a going-away party for an ABC colleague. Chris walked into the party as she spoke with work friends.
“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,” Shelley wrote.
Shelley wrote that he followed up the gesture by saying “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss.” Shelley responded “no you can’t” and pushed him off at the chest. She alleges that her husband witnessed the entire exchange, but doesn’t say whether he reacted. Instead, Shelley said they “quickly left.”
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About an hour later, Chris allegedly sent her an email apology. A screenshot of the email from June 1, 2005 is included in the opinion piece. Chris allegedly wrote that his “hearty greeting” was a result of “being glad” to see Shelley. He said “as a husband” he can “empathize with not liking to see [his] wife patted as such.”
“So pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband,” Chris wrote. “and I apologize to you as well, for even putting you in such a position.”
Chris closed the alleged email by saying he will “remember the lesson” despite his happiness in seeing Shelley.
In her essay, Shelley clarified she doesn’t intend to get Chris fired from CNN by telling her story.
“I would, however, like to see him journalistically repent: agree on air to study the impact of sexism, harassment and gender bias in the workplace, including his own, and then report on it,” Shelley wrote.
Chris reportedly responded to the essay in a statement to The New York Times.
“As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature,” Chris said. “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.”
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