Just when the headlines regarding former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) sexual harassment scandal have all but died down, Cuomo is back in the news for a new allegation — but this time, it’s his younger brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo.
According to Mediaite, in a recent op-ed published in The New York Times, one of Chris Cuomo’s former bosses at ABC News dropped a bombshell accusation that the CNN host once grabbed her behind at a bar in New York City’s Upper West Side.
The woman who made the accusation, Shelley Ross, described in great detail how Chris Cuomo made the inappropriate — and perhaps illegal — move with what she said called “cocky arrogance.”
“I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends,” Ross wrote. “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.”
Allegedly, Chris Cuomo told Ross that he was allowed to “do this now” since she was no longer his boss — an assertion that Ross quickly dismissed, telling Cuomo “no you can’t,” while allegedly pushing him away and exiting the bar soon afterward.
Interestingly, Ross included some of what the CNN host told her in an email after the incident, which clearly not only proved he was guilty of crossing the line, but also proved that Chris Cuomo is as strange as they come, as he included a bizarre reference to actor Christian Slater in his apology to Ross.
“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 … so pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband …” Cuomo allegedly wrote.
He added: “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 …”
Ross would go on to clarify that she’s not looking for Chris Cuomo to lose his job, adding that she only wants to see accountability in the press. Cuomo, shockingly, admitted to the incident in a response to the op-ed but noted that the encounter “wasn’t sexual in nature,” and explained that a sincere apology was enough to put the 16-year-old incident behind them.