The veteran tv journalist who accused CNN host Chris Cuomo of sexually harassing her once they labored collectively at ABC Information doesn’t suppose the “Cuomo Prime Time” namesake has learned his lesson.
In a guest essay for the New York Times printed Friday, former govt producer Shelley Ross wrote Cuomo squeezed the cheek of her buttock with out her permission in 2005. She additionally produced an e-mail the place Cuomo appeared to confess to the incident and apologized for his conduct. Ross anticipated CNN’s most-watched host to have developed for the reason that incident occurred, however feels his response to her essay show he’s “no extra enlightened” at the moment than he was on the time of the inappropriate touching.
“I hoped that in 15, 16 years that he had modified, however he is no extra enlightened at the moment than he was then, as demonstrated by his response,” Ross advised Insider.
Ross’ essay included a replica of an e-mail from Cuomo the identical night the place he mentioned he was “ashamed” of his conduct and even famous actor Christian Slater had been arrested for related conduct. Cuomo, who was 34 on the time of the alleged incident, requested Ross to cross alongside an apology to her “excellent and noble husband,” and likewise “I apologize to you as properly, for even placing you in such a place.” He added he would keep in mind his lesson the following time he was completely happy to see her.
In an announcement to the Occasions, Cuomo reiterated his apology to Ross whereas noting their interplay was “not sexual in nature.”
“As Shelley acknowledges, our interplay was not sexual in nature. It occurred 16 years in the past in a public setting when she was a prime govt at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it,” Cuomo mentioned.
Nevertheless, Ross doesn’t appear happy with Cuomo’s assertion.
“I do not acknowledge that there is something that was ‘our interplay.’ I used to be not a participant,” Ross advised Insider. “I used to be groped. And so to say that I acknowledge interplay, no. That reveals a scarcity of enlightenment.”
Ross wrote final week she didn’t want for Cuomo to be fired from CNN, the place he is been an anchor since 2013. She as a substitute urged him to “journalistically repent” for his conduct.
Ross didn’t instantly reply when requested Monday if she feels Cuomo ought to lose his platform after exhibiting a “lack of enlightenment” since her Occasions essay was printed.
The CNN host additionally got here underneath hearth this yr for giving personal recommendation to his brother then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., throughout his sexual harassment scandal. A report from New York Legal professional Basic Letitia James famous the CNN host was one of many trusted exterior confidants whose dedication to defending the governor contributed to Albany’s “poisonous” office tradition. Gov. Cuomo resigned from workplace final month.
Cuomo did not inform viewers that he was accused of inappropriate conduct throughout Friday’s version of “Cuomo Prime Time.”
CNN didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Fox Information’ David Rutz and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.