Chris Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment; Accuser Has Bizarre Email From Him Acknowledging Act

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There’s a reason that Chris Cuomo is called “Fredo” and this story surely proves it.

He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

He also apparently takes after his brother in ways that are not good. He not only gave his brother advice during Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal, he now has an alleged issue of his own.

A former ABC executive producer is now accusing him of having sexually harassed her when they worked together at ABC news.

The producer, Shelley Ross, wrote an essay for the New York Times in which she outlined what had occurred.

Ross says that he hugged her and grabbed her buttock without her permission in 2005.

From Fox News:

“At the time, I was the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special, but I was Mr. Cuomo’s executive producer at ‘Primetime Live’ just before that,” she wrote. “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. 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.”

Ross said Cuomo told her, “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss”, and did it “with a kind of cocky arrogance.” Ross said she told him he couldn’t, pushed him off her and revealed her husband was right behind her, and they quickly left the party, which was celebrating an ABC colleague’s departure.

The kicker, though? She has an email from him apparently admitting it, even suggesting someone could be arrested for the behavior.

“[T]hough 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,” he wrote.

Cuomo, who was 34 at the time of the alleged incident, asked Ross to pass along an apology to her “very good and noble husband,” and also “I apologize to you as well, for even putting you in such a position.” He added he would remember his lesson the next time he was happy to see her.

Christian Slater was arrested in 2005 for touching a random woman on the buttock in NYC. He was charged with third degree sexual abuse. The email from Cuomo would appear to show his acknowledgement of his wrongdoing and his belief that in fact what he did was potentially a crime.

Even the email is reminiscent of his brother — acknowledging the act but then trying to justify it in some way as not really being what it appeared. Truly creepy.

Ross said she was speaking out now because of Cuomo’s attitude after his brother’s scandal. Cuomo said in March that he cared “very deeply about these issues” [sexual harassment] and then after his brother. stepped down he worked a “Truth” t-shirt.

“For me, his statement of profound concern about sexual harassment and his ‘Truth’ T-shirt were provocations in this era of personal accountability,” she wrote.

Ross said she didn’t want him to be fired but she wanted him to “journalistically repent.”

“I’m not asking for Mr. Cuomo to become the next casualty in this continuing terrible story. I hope he stays at CNN forever if he chooses. 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,” Ross wrote. “He could host a series of live town hall meetings, with documentary footage, produced by women with expert consultants. Call it ‘The Continuing Education of Chris Cuomo’ and make this a watershed moment instead of another stain on the career of one more powerful male news anchor.”

While CNN didn’t respond to the story, Cuomo gave a statement to the New York Times.

“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,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment by Fox News.

The bottom line, though, is that Cuomo has never been held accountable. CNN let him promote his brother on his show, then let him avoid coverage of the scandal. CNN didn’t hold him to any real account for advising his brother during the sexual harassment scandal. CNN never held him to account for breaking quarantine and pushing a false story on the network about his emergence for the first time from the basement. So if she thinks he’s suddenly going to have a miraculous change, I wouldn’t bet on it. Even his response, in which he’s claiming she said it wasn’t “sexual in nature” is a diminishment of what she said.