Former ABC executive producer Shelley Ross is displeased that the man she claims groped her at a party in 2005 was able to find a job with NewsNation, an outlet run by Dan Abrams.
Ross responded to Abrams’s defense of former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s hire, as he was chased out of his former workplace by scandal after scandal.
“Dan, I’m a decades-long fan of yours. But you’ve got this one wrong. The (modest) mixed reaction to Cuomo’s new job does not prove the status quo of the media is under threat,” Ross explained. “Cuomo IS the status quo, same old same old arrogant, misogynistic proud member of the old boy’s club. No one cares what News Nation [sic] ratings are. I am rooting for something new, fresh and honest. Just maybe some of us don’t see Cuomo as that answer … those who have been disappointed in his lack of genuine contrition. As he continues to parse his words, hide behind the love of a brother, deny wrongdoing, he remains tone-deaf and phony to many of us. I’m all for second chances. But I won’t believe he is a disrupter until he disrupts something and finds a greater cause than himself.”
Ross maintains that in 2005, at a going-away party, she was approached by Cuomo who gave her “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,” Ross detailed in an op-ed at the time. “‘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.”
The hire may come as a surprise to many, as NewsNation is attempting to position itself as a down-the-middle, unbiased type of news outlet, despite hiring an anchor accused of covering for his brother’s own alleged inappropriate conduct. It may not be so easy to trust an anchor who has such a history, though Abrams appears to have faith in Cuomo’s ability to tell it how it is.
“I really do regret how everything ended, but I will never regret helping my family,” Cuomo said in an episode of his podcast. “As for CNN, I will never be a hater. CNN has great people. CNN has a great purpose. And I wish them all the best, and I miss so many of the people there. But, it’s time for me to move on, and I believe I can be more than I ever was before.”
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