Chris Cuomo’s sexual harassment accuser is implying that the “unenlightened” CNN host hasn’t learned much about proper decorum in the past decade and a half.
Shelley Ross, a former longtime ABC News executive who was Cuomo’s boss when he worked there, has accused Cuomo in the pages of The New York Times of allegedly groping her on June 1, 2005, during a going-away party for a network colleague.
“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,” Ross told Business Insider late last week.
Cuomo provided a statement to the Times that read “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.”
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“I don’t acknowledge that there’s anything that was ‘our interaction.’ I was not a participant,” Ross further told the Insider. “I was groped. And so to say that I acknowledge interaction, no. That shows a lack of enlightenment.”
In the Times essay, Ross recalled that “I never thought that Mr. Cuomo’s behavior was sexual in nature. Whether he understood it at the time or not, his form of sexual harassment was a hostile act meant to diminish and belittle his female former boss in front of the staff.”
In a purported email to Ross shortly after the groping incident that included the subject line “I am ashamed,” Cuomo apologized to Ross “for even putting you in such a position.” He also asked her to relay an apology to her “very good and noble husband.”
“Next time, I will remember the lesson, no matter how happy I am to see you,” Cuomo wrote.
In the article, Ross implied that she came forward with the revelation because Chris Cuomo “escaped accountability for advising former Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his sexual harassment scandal” and also when a photograph surfaced of him roaming around the upscale Hamptons enclave over Labor Day in the aftermath of the disgraced governor’s resignation wearing a T-shirt bearing the “Truth” slogan.
“For me, his statement of profound concern about sexual harassment and his ‘Truth’ T-shirt were provocations in this era of personal accountability. So here’s another moment involving Mr. Cuomo, the one that stands out most in my experience with him,” Ross wrote, recounting the 2005 incident.
She also asserted that she is not calling for Cuomo to be fired. Instead, she prefers that he “journalistically repent,” which includes agreeing “on air to study the impact of sexism, harassment and gender bias in the workplace, including his own, and then report on it.”
Cuomo, who often self-righteously lectures former President Donald Trump and his supporters for their failings, showed up to anchor his CNN show on Friday night but made no mention of the controversy. CNN has yet to issue a public comment either.
CNN apparently did not discipline Chris Cuomo for, as alluded to above, reportedly trying to help his big brother behind-the-scenes to fend off the Democrat politician’s sexual harassment scandal which prompted his August resignation.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson made a prediction on Megyn Kelly’s podcast that Chris Cuomo is “clearly getting fired” and that “he’s done.” He also insinuated that more shoes might drop.
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Leo ‘2.0’ Terrell and Tomi Lahren blasted Cuomo for hypocrisy during a “Justice with Judge Jeanine” appearance.
“Chris Cuomo…has no moral compass just like his brother,” Terrell claimed. “He does not respect women. Remember, Chris Cuomo was trying to help his brother conceal sexual harassment. How in the heck can CNN allow him to do subjects involving sexual harassment?…the Cuomo boys just don’t have any respect at all when it comes to women.”
Cuomo is benefitting from “astounding” liberal media privilege, Lahren told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.
“I hope that Chris Cuomo gets the same treatment that he and others gave Brett Kavanaugh because I think that is what he truly deserves…how much can he get away with before CNN has to take note and do something?” she wondered. “Well, I guess we’re about to find out.”
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