Following the fall of former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, his younger brother and confidante, CNN prime-time host Chris Cuomo, has been accused of sexually assaulting his former boss in 2005.
Shelley Ross, a journalist who used to be Cuomo’s producer at ABC News, accused him of touching her inappropriately when she went to a party for a colleague in New York. After hugging her and squeezing her butt, Cuomo told Ross that he “can’t do that now that you’re not my boss,” she said Friday in an op-ed essay for the New York Times.
After the episode, Ross said, Cuomo apologized over email, noting that actor Christian Slater had been arrested for “(such) similar acts.” In the email, an image of which appears with the Times essay, the journalist apologized first to Ross’s husband, whom she said was present, and then to her.
“Given Mr. Cuomo’s role as his brother’s supporter and mentor, I am again thinking about his relationship with truth and accountability,” Ross wrote.
Representatives for CNN of AT&T Inc. and ABC of The Walt Disney Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Cuomo’s brother, who followed in his father Mario Cuomo’s footsteps to be governor of New York, resigned in August in the wake of multiple sexual-harassment allegations. After his brother left office, Chris Cuomo said during his CNN show that he urged the politician to step down, saying he hoped “eventually everyone involved can find a better place.”