« The Morning Rant | Main | Two Co-hosts of The View Leave In Middle of Show -- With Covid »
September 24, 2021

Chris Cuomo's Former Producer and Boss Alleges That Cuomo Sexually Harassed Her, Groped Her

I guess this is why Mario Cuomo was saying, "Ayyyy, all Italians see with their hands, fuggedabouddit, ayyy!"

Oh, and she says Cuomo admitted groping her in an email.

I was Chris Cuomo's boss at ABC News nearly two decades ago, and I am a regular viewer of CNN today, so I've long watched how he communicates on camera and witnessed at times how he behaved behind the scenes. This year, as he escaped accountability for advising former Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his sexual harassment scandal, two moments crystallized for me how Mr. Cuomo performs.

The first was on March 1, two days before Governor Cuomo publicly addressed the sexual harassment allegations made against him by three women and apologized for acting "in a way that made people feel uncomfortable" but denied touching anyone inappropriately. On "Cuomo Prime Time," Mr. Cuomo explained to his CNN viewers that because of the sexual harassment scandal, he would no longer be covering or interviewing his brother, as he frequently did during the first Covid-19 surge. With an expression of great sincerity, he said, "I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that."

The second moment came this Labor Day weekend, after Governor Cuomo had resigned and as his loyal confidants and outside advisers were losing their own influential jobs in the fallout. There was Mr. Cuomo in the Hamptons, appearing in a photo wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Truth."

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?

Ayyy, all Italians grab the buttocks! Doesn't matter if it's old or young, male or female, straight or gay! We're always saying (honk) hey how you doin', (honk honk) is your family okay?

It's part of our culture! Ayyy! Gabbaguul! Riggote! Stugatz!

And don't forget: Don Lemon is credibly accused of a particularly gross and humiliating sexual assault (on a straight man) as well.


But CNN is totally on the side of the victims of sexual assault you guys.

digg this
posted by Ace at 12:20 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Deplorable Jay Guevara[/i][/s][/b] : "10 I can't even imagine not putting one in his dom ..."

SH (Non-Expert): "These people are horrible cowards and hardly any b ..."

Guy Mohawk: "Let's Go, Canada! ..."

Bozo Conservative...Living on the Prison Planet: "I always thought he did have them, but that idiot ..."

Thesokorus: "The bystanders during the Kitty Genovese murder we ..."

Brandon: "I fail to see the problem. ..."

Sponge - Michael Byrd MURDERED Ashli Babbitt: "[i]The bigger mosnters were the watchers. Posted ..."

The Maskless and Unvaxed Ranger: "Kurt just shit in the last thread. *********** ..."

Anna Puma: "One of these days Kurt is gonna die from cephalapo ..."

BignJames: "Not my business...didn't wanna' get involved. ..."

SOMEASSHOLESTOLEMYPEN: "I can't even imagine not putting one in his dome. ..."

squid_hunt: "Betting there are details left out of this story t ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64