HANDSY FREDO? CNN’s Cuomo Accused By Former Boss Of Sexual Harassment Over Butt-Squeezing Incident

Written by K. Walker on September 24, 2021

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It looks like getting gropey with women that work with them is a trait that the Cuomo brothers share.

Unlike his brother Andrew, however, the CNN host wasn’t intending on getting frisky with his former ABC boss, Shelley Ross. In her account in an op-ed in the New York Times, Ross said that she believed that he was using sexual harassment to “diminish and belittle” her in front of others.

The Daily Mail reports:

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by his former ABC boss who claims he squeezed her buttock upon greeting her in a bar – before he later apologized saying he was ‘ashamed’ of his behavior.

Shelley Ross, former executive producer at ABC and CBS, penned an op ed for the New York Times detailing the alleged incident at a going-away party for an ABC colleague back in 2005.

Ross, who has spoken out in the past about being sexually harassed by serial predator Roger Ailes, said Cuomo gave her a ‘bear hug’ in the bar and grabbed and squeezed her buttock.

Here is what Ross wrote in the NYTimes:

For me, his statement of profound concern about sexual harassment and his “Truth” T-shirt were provocations in this era of personal accountability.

So here’s another moment involving Mr. Cuomo, the one that stands out most in my experience with him.

“Now that I think of it … I am ashamed,” read the subject line of a 2005 email Mr. Cuomo wrote me, one hour after he sexually harassed me at a going-away party for an ABC colleague. 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. 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.

“I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss,” he said to me with a kind of cocky arrogance. “No you can’t,” I said, pushing him off me at the chest while stepping back, revealing my husband, who had seen the entire episode at close range. We quickly left.

Soon after, I received the email from Mr. Cuomo about being “ashamed.” He should have been. But my question today is the same as it was then: Was he ashamed of what he did, or was he embarrassed because my husband saw it? (He apologized first in his email to my “very good and noble husband” and then to me for “even putting you in such a position.”) Mr. Cuomo may say this is a sincere apology. I’ve always seen it as an attempt to provide himself with legal and moral coverage to evade accountability.

Now, given Mr. Cuomo’s role as a supporter of and counselor to his brother, I am left again wondering about his relationship with truth and accountability. Has this man always cared “deeply” and “profoundly” about sexual harassment issues? Does he believe enough in accountability to step up and take some meaningful actions?
Source: New York Times

Why is it always the “male feminists” that go on about how women should be treated that end up being the ones that treat women badly?

Harvey Weinstein was spotted at the Women’s March in 2017 and even the Left’s favorite Canadian, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, groped a woman years ago. His defense was that he had “experienced it differently.” Despite the lame excuse, he wasn’t “canceled” over it — as a matter of fact, he just won his third election in 6 years.

Even in this account, Ross isn’t calling for Chris Cuomo to be canceled instead, she wants him to use his platform for public self-flagellation an on-air apology and a commitment to do better by hosting “a series of live town hall meetings” focused on “the impact of sexism, harassment and gender bias in the workplace.”

Ross added that she doesn’t believe that there was anything sexual intended in the butt-squeezing — her husband was right there — but it was instead meant to belittle her in front of the staff because she was a woman in a position of authority over him.

‘I never thought that Mr. Cuomo’s behavior was sexual in nature,’ she wrote.

‘Whether he understood it at the time or not, his form of sexual harassment was a hostile act meant to diminish and belittle his female former boss in front of the staff.’

The CNN anchor has not denied the allegations, telling the Times on Thursday ‘it happened 16 years ago’ and ‘was not sexual in nature.’

‘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,’ he said.

‘I apologized to her then, and I meant it.’
Source: Daily Mail

Throwing his weight around and acting like the Big Man on Campus seems like a very “Fredo” sort of behavior.

Remember how he threatened to throw a guy down the stairs for calling him “Fredo”?

What a charmer!

It seems like the same sort of charm runs in the Cuomo family — just look at his brother former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Remember that Chris brought his now-disgraced brother Andrew onto his CNN show for the Cuomo Bro Variety Show and tossed out bait to the “Cuomosexuals” that the “Luv Gov” was “single and ready to mingle” as seniors in nursing homes were dying because of his deadly COVID orders.

Unfortunately, Big Bro Andrew wasn’t disgraced because of the trail of elderly bodies left in his wake or the subsequent cover-up — which including having his administration falsify the numbers to the Attorney General in order to obstruct justice — but because former Governor Trollface was making passes and getting too touchy-feely with women who worked with him and made them uncomfortable.

Let’s not forget that Fredo is the same guy that spouted off in moral outrage over the way that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) exploded during the Kavanaugh confirmation circus when Democrats trotted out absolutely ridiculous accusations against a man with a stellar reputation at the 11th hour.

Meanwhile, he knows he had grabbed the ass of his boss years ago in order to humiliate her in public.

What a smug, sanctimonious piece of work!

Back in September 2020, Tucker Carlson aired leaked audio of private conversations between Fredo Cuomo and disgraced Trump attorney, Michael Cohen. During their conversation, Cuomo says that people were digging through his history at ABC and suggesting that he was the “Charlie Rose” of ABC. Charlie Rose was fired from CBS News in 2017 after reports of “sexual misconduct” when he would open his bathrobe in hotel rooms in front of women.

Bro Cuomo denied the allegations asking Cohen, “Do I look like the kind of f**king guy who’s got to do that?”

Well, according to the MeToo rules that Chris Cuomo championed — right up until his brother was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior and Chris acted as his media spin doctor — it’s time for the lesser Cuomo to hang up his mic and fade away into obscurity.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll