Twitter was set ablaze on Friday after CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was accused of sexual harassment by a veteran TV producer who worked with the "Cuomo Prime Time" namesake years ago when he was at ABC News.
In a guest essay for the New York Times, former executive producer Shelley Ross outlined an incident where Cuomo squeezed the cheek of her buttock without her permission in 2005. She also produced an email where he appeared to admit to the incident and apologize for his behavior.
The CNN host, who came under fire this year for giving private advice to his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his sexual harassment scandal, was quickly slammed on social media once the Times essay went viral.
"This is a very powerful opinion piece. I commend Shelly Ross the for having the courage to write it. I’m not as hopeful that Chris Cuomo will change, though. He advised his brother about his sexual harassment accusations and his employer allowed it," Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean, who has been an outspoken critic of the Cuomo family, tweeted.
Indeed, the Washington Post reported that Chris Cuomo participated in strategy calls with Gov. Cuomo's top aides on how to address the harassment charges. Sources told the paper the younger Cuomo urged his brother to not step down and even invoked "cancel culture," a talking point the governor used back in March while speaking with reporters.
A report from New York Attorney General Letitia James would later note he was one of the trusted outside confidants whose ... (Read more)
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