CNN's Chris Cuomo accused of sexual harassment by his former boss

Chris Cuomo
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Chris Cuomo, the CNN host and brother of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), has been accused of sexual harassment by his former boss at ABC News.

Shelley Ross, a journalist who has served as producer at ABC and CBS, in a New York Times essay published Friday alleged that Cuomo "sexually harassed me at a going-away party for an ABC colleague" in 2005. Ross, who was formerly Cuomo's executive producer at ABC's Primetime Live, writes that 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," and he allegedly told her, "I can do this now that you're no longer my boss." Ross says Cuomo emailed her to apologize an hour later, and the essay includes a copy of that email, which has the subject line of "now that I think of it ... I am ashamed." Cuomo first apologizes in the email to Ross' "very good and noble husband" and then "to you as well."

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