Chris Cuomo spotted for the first time since being accused of sexual misconduct heading back to NYC

Chris Cuomo dashed back to New York City from The Hamptons as he’s spotted for the first time since being accused of grabbing his former ABC boss’ buttock in a bar in 2005.  

Exclusive photos for DailyMail.com show Cuomo getting out of his Tesla before rushing into the Hamptons airport as he headed back to the Big Apple to host Cuomo Prime Time on CNN. He did not address the allegation in his show on Friday night. 

Earlier in the day, his wife Christina was spotted in her driveway. She said hello to the media and mentioned she just got back from a funeral in the city. 

The sexual misconduct allegations involving the CNN host came to light after Shelley Ross, a former executive producer at ABC and CBS, accused the married dad-of-three of grabbing her butt during a going-away party for a colleague 16 years ago in a searing opinion piece for the New York Times.  

Cuomo sent an email shortly afterward saying he was ‘ashamed,’ and apologized to Ross’ husband, who was present during the encounter. 

The CNN host has recently faced an avalanche of criticism and widespread calls for his firing over his role in advising his brother, Andrew Cuomo, who resigned as New York governor last month over allegations of sexual harassment from multiple women. 

On Friday, he heard a lot of those calls again on social media, which ripped the younger Cuomo for his alleged actions.  

Chris Cuomo is seen here leaving the Hamptons Airport Friday night – the first time he’s been seen his the explosive allegations came to light

In DailyMail.com-exclusive photos, Cuomo was spotted heading back to New York City

In DailyMail.com-exclusive photos, Cuomo was spotted heading back to New York City

Cuomo is seen here running to the Hamptons Airport to jet back to New York City

Cuomo is seen here running to the Hamptons Airport to jet back to New York City 

Cuomo's appearance in front of the cameras Friday night - hours after the explosive op-ed detailing his alleged sexual misconduct surfaced - was brief

Cuomo’s appearance in front of the cameras Friday night – hours after the explosive op-ed detailing his alleged sexual misconduct surfaced – was brief

Cuomo was spotted coming out of his driveway today with window just partially down in his Ford Truck

Cuomo was spotted coming out of his driveway today with window just partially down in his Ford Truck

Cuomo's wife Christina - seen here in DailyMail.com-exclusive photos - stopped outside her driveway and said hello to the media

Cuomo’s wife Christina – seen here in DailyMail.com-exclusive photos – stopped outside her driveway and said hello to the media

Christina Cuomo had mentioned she just got back from a funeral in the city today

Christina Cuomo had mentioned she just got back from a funeral in the city today

At around 5pm, Christina came out of the driveway and put the sun visors down nobody was in the front seat with her

At around 5pm, Christina came out of the driveway and put the sun visors down nobody was in the front seat with her

Christina puts down the sun visor

Christina puts down the sun visor

Twitter wits wasted no time drawing unflattering comparisons between the two Cuomo brothers. 

Brigitte Gabriel, founder of the right-wing group ACT for America, wrote: ‘It looks like being a creep is part of being a Cuomo.’ 

Similarly, Fox News contributor Sara A Carter wondered: ‘Runs in the family?’ 

Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to former President Donald Trump, quipped that ‘being a pervert runs in Fredo’s family’ – a reference to the character of Michael Corleone’s weak and hapless brother in The Godfather films. 

Steve Milloy, a Fox contributor and climate change denier, went a similar route, writing: ‘Fredo, you’re in trouble now.’ 

Amid the chorus of condemnation, Lindsay Boylan, the first woman to publicly accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, praised Ross for breaking her silence. 

‘Thank you Shelley Ross. Your focus on accountability is exactly right,’ she tweeted. ‘@ChrisCuomowill you hold yourself accountable?’

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

ABC boss Shelley Ross

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by his former ABC boss Shelley Ross (right), who claims he squeezed her buttock upon greeting her in a bar

Twitter lit up with fury directed at Chris Cuomo on Friday, with many commenters drawing unflattering comparisons between the CNN host and his older brother

Twitter lit up with fury directed at Chris Cuomo on Friday, with many commenters drawing unflattering comparisons between the CNN host and his older brother 

Lindsay Boylan, the first woman to publicly accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, praised Shelley Ross for seeking to hold Chris Cuomo accountable

Lindsay Boylan, the first woman to publicly accuse Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, praised Shelley Ross for seeking to hold Chris Cuomo accountable 

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

Cuomo later sent her an email, apologizing for his actions, she said.

Ross added that she did not believe his actions were ‘sexual in nature’ but rather a ‘form of sexual harassment’ where he attempted to ‘diminish and belittle his female former boss.’  

‘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.’ 

As of Friday afternoon, CNN has not commented on the allegations against Cuomo. 

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann hit out at Cuomo on Twitter

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann hit out at Cuomo on Twitter

Meanwhile, on social media negative comments targeting the embattled TV presenter have continued pouring in throughout the day. 

‘This is a very powerful opinion piece,’ tweeted Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean. ‘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.’

Ari Cohn, a First Amendment lawyer, joked: ‘I guess at least that means @andrewcuomo was getting advice from someone who knew what he was talking about.’

Right-wing commentators were not the only ones attacking Cuomo.  

‘The ‘Rules Don’t Apply To Me’ code often transcends specific topics,’ former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann tweeted. ‘First, @ChrisCuomo violated journalistic standards by covering/ignoring his brother. Now he’s accused of sexual harassment at ABC.’

David Simone, Shelley Ross and Ryan Silverman in 2014. Ross said the incident happened in front of her husband Simone

David Simone, Shelley Ross and Ryan Silverman in 2014. Ross said the incident happened in front of her husband Simone 

CHRIS CUOMO SENDS OUT EMAIL APOLOGY

Subject line: ‘Now that I think of it… I am ashamed.’ 

Email: ‘though my hearty greeting was a function of being glad to see you…

‘Christian Slater got arrested for a (kind of) similar act (though borne of an alleged negative intent, unlike my own)…and as a husband i can empathize with not liking to see my wife patted as such…

‘so pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband…and i apologize to you as well, for even putting you in such a position…

‘next time, i will remember the lesson, no matter how happy i am to see you…’ 

At the time of the alleged incident, Ross had recently moved jobs from executive producer at ABC’s ‘Primetime Live’ – where Cuomo was an anchor – to becoming the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special.

Ross said Cuomo explained his actions away on the night as being okay because she was ‘no longer my boss.’ 

‘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,’ she wrote in the op ed. 

‘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.’

Cuomo told her ‘I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss,’ she claimed, adding that it was said ‘with a kind of cocky arrogance’. 

Ross said she pushed Cuomo away from her, with her husband witnessing what had happened. 

”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,’ she wrote.   

Ross said she received an email from Cuomo one hour later telling her she was ‘ashamed’ of his behavior.

The email, dated June 1 2005, first apologized to Ross’s ‘very good and noble husband’ for having to witness his wife ‘patted as such’ – and apologized to her second.  

‘Now that I think of it… I am ashamed,’ read the subject line of the email. 

‘though my hearty greeting was a function of being glad to see you…,’ the email began. 

Chris Cuomo is pictured with his family in a photo on his Instagram account. Ross said Cuomo gave her a 'bear hug' in the bar and grabbed and squeezed her buttock in 2005

Chris Cuomo is pictured with his family in a photo on his Instagram account. Ross said Cuomo gave her a ‘bear hug’ in the bar and grabbed and squeezed her buttock in 2005

Chris Cuomo is seen wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase 'Truth' during a Labor Day getaway to the Hamptons earlier this month

Chris Cuomo is seen wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘Truth’ during a Labor Day getaway to the Hamptons earlier this month 

Cuomo then went on to compare his actions to that of Hollywood actor Christian Slater, who one month earlier had been arrested for allegedly randomly grabbing a woman’s buttocks while she was walking through a street in Manhattan, New York City. 

Slater was charged with third degree sexual abuse but the charges were later dropped.  

‘Christian Slater got arrested for a (kind of) similar act (though borne of an alleged negative intent, unlike my own)…and as a husband i can empathize with not liking to see my wife patted as such…,’ the email read. 

‘so pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband…and i apologize to you as well, for even putting you in such a position…

He closed out the email with: ‘next time, i will remember the lesson, no matter how happy i am to see you…’ 

In her op ed, Ross said she questioned whether Cuomo was ‘ashamed’ of ‘what he did, or was he embarrassed because my husband saw it?’

She added: ‘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.’

She also questioned whether their was a legal motive behind his email, pointing to the comparison Cuomo – a former lawyer – made with Slater, saying she believes he was attempting ‘to legally differentiate the two incidents.’ 

CHRIS CUOMO’S SCANDALS:

‘Breaking quarantine’ 

Chris Cuomo revealed he had contracted COVID-19 in March 2020 and quarantined in the basement of his family home in the Hamptons – and  reporting his CNN show live from there.

In April, he got into a spat with a cyclist who said he went past his home and saw the anchor not quarantining but instead outside in the garden of his home with his wife and children.

Cuomo lashed out at the man on his show calling him ‘some jackass, loser, fat tire biker’ and the cyclist filed a police report .

CNN then showed a video of Cuomo merging from his basement and rejoining his family after his quarantine.

‘Violating mask rules’  

Cuomo was branded a hypocrite in October for reportedly violating New York’s mask mandate.

Cuomo was sent a letter from the property management at his Manhattan apartment building warning him that he had been seen violating the order to wear a face covering in the public spaces.  

‘You have been observed entering and exiting the building and riding the elevator without the required face coverings,’ read the letter, sent in August and obtained by Fox.

The letter said staff had asked him to comply but he had ‘refused.’ 

He was threatened with a $500 fine if he continued to break the rules. 

The mask mandate was put in place by his brother Andrew Cuomo in April. 

Advising his ‘sex pest’ brother 

Cuomo often brought his brother Andrew onto his CNN show during the pandemic.

When allegations of sexual harassment began to mount against the governor, Cuomo said he would not cover or interview his brother due to the scandal.   

In May, it emerged he had been advising his brother over the scandal and Cuomo was forced to apologize to viewers and colleagues. 

Calls mounted for his resignation from CNN and the network admitted his actions had been ‘inappropriate.’  

He insisted he was not advising him in a professional capacity but ‘as a brother.’  

‘I tried to do the right thing, and I just want you-all to know that,’ he said.  

Spat over ‘Fredo’

In 2019, a video went viral of Cuomo in a verbal fight with a group of men in a New York bar after they called him ‘Fredo.’

Cuomo is heard in the video, which went viral, threatening to ‘f**king throw you down these stairs like a f**king punk.’

The Italian-American likened the term ‘Fredo’ – a reference to a character in The Godfather and derogatory term for Italians – to ‘the n-word for us’ Italians. 

Ross said she was speaking out about the incident after watching Cuomo’s handling of the sexual harassment scandal surrounding his brother Andrew.    

The governor stood down in disgrace in August when a damning investigation by the New York attorney general found he had sexually harassed at least 11 women.

The allegations began surfacing in December when the first of multiple women – many of them current and former aides in the governor’s office – came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. 

The governor was also rocked by the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal where his administration was accused of covering up the death toll in state facilities after he issued a March 2020 directive ordering nursing homes to readmit COVID-positive patients.

Questions also arose over the writing of his controversial memoir with allegations he had government staffers work on the private project.

The governor was also accused of giving special treatment to his friends and family – including Chris – in the early days of the pandemic, be providing them with COVID-19 tests when they were in short supply. 

CNN host Cuomo had often brought his brother onto his show during the pandemic – when the governor was on a pedestal for his handling of the crisis in New York.

When the allegations continued to mount against the governor, Chris Cuomo announced on his CNN show that he would not cover or interview his brother due to the scandal.  

‘I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that,’ he told viewers in early March.

In May, it emerged that the CNN host had been advising his brother over the scandal.

This involvement drew the ire of his CNN colleagues and Cuomo was forced to apologize to viewers and colleagues. 

Calls mounted for his resignation from CNN and the network admitted his actions had been ‘inappropriate.’ 

Andrew Cuomo left and Chris Cuomo right. The CNN anchor has come under fire for his handling of his brother's sexual harassment scandal

Andrew Cuomo left and Chris Cuomo right. The CNN anchor has come under fire for his handling of his brother’s sexual harassment scandal 

The AG’s report into the governor’s behavior found that Cuomo had been part of ‘ongoing and regular discussions about how to respond to the allegations publicly’.  

However, he insisted he was not advising him in a professional capacity but ‘as a brother.’ 

‘It was a unique situation being a brother to a politician in a scandal and being part of the media,’ he said live on air in mid-August.

 ‘I tried to do the right thing, and I just want you-all to know that.’  

Then, earlier this month Cuomo was spotted wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word ‘Truth’ across it during a Labor Day getaway to the Hamptons. 

Ross said she questions whether her alleged harasser truly believes in ‘accountability’ for such behavior. 

‘For me, his statement of profound concern about sexual harassment and his ‘Truth’ T-shirt were provocations in this era of personal accountability,’ she wrote. 

‘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?’ 

Ross pointed to accountability for people accused of enabling the governor’s conduct, such as Time’s Up’s CEO Tina Tchen who stood down after it emerged the nonprofit was involved in a letter seeking to discredit allegations of an accuser.  

‘While the fallout has continued across Governor Cuomo’s circle of advisers… Mr. Cuomo and CNN seem to have moved on,’ she wrote. 

‘If Mr. Cuomo and CNN management don’t think he crossed a serious line, one that warrants consequences, I know he crossed a line with me.’ 

Ross said she doesn’t wish for the CNN anchor to ‘become the next casualty in this continuing terrible story.’

Ross has spoken out in the past to claim she was sexually harassed by disgraced former Fox News chairman-CEO Roger Ailes (pictured)

Ross has spoken out in the past to claim she was sexually harassed by disgraced former Fox News chairman-CEO Roger Ailes (pictured) 

Instead, she said this could be a ‘watershed moment instead of another stain on the career of one more powerful male news anchor”

‘I would, however, like to see him journalistically repent: agree on air to study the impact of sexism, harassment and gender bias in the workplace, including his own, and then report on it,’ she said, describing it as ‘The Continuing Education of Chris Cuomo’.   

Ross has spoken out in the past to claim she was sexually harassed by disgraced former Fox News chairman-CEO Roger Ailes.

Ailes, who died in 2017, led Fox for two decades before being ousted following multiple accusations of sexual harassment by several women, including former Fox hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson.

Some of the allegations went back almost six decades. 

Ross penned a 2016 article for the Daily Beast detailing that Ailes had proposed a ‘sexual alliance’ as a form of ‘loyalty’ to her work as a producer. 

She said Ailes had hired her in 1981 as a segment producer on NBC’s ‘Tomorrow Show’, which he was executive producer for. 

During a lunch on the day she accepted the job offer, she said Ailes asked her: ‘When did you first discover you were sexy?” 

‘My head suddenly dropped like a marionette and I could no longer make eye contact. I could only manage to stare at my feet as I answered, ‘I am finding this conversation very embarrassing,” Ross wrote.

Ailes then continued to be ‘very persistent’ and allegedly went on to tell her that ‘the best expression of that loyalty comes in the form of a ‘sexual alliance.”

When she then tried to back out of taking the job, she said three NBC lawyers intervened.

Ailes then apologized to her telling her his actions were down to ‘middle age craziness’ and tried to convince her to accept the job.  

ANDREW CUOMO’S SCANDALS:

Chris Cuomo’s brother Andrew fell from his pedestal – when he won an Emmy for his COVID-19 press conferences and resigned over the sex pest scandal in August. 

Sex pest scandal 

In December, the first woman spoke out to accuse him of sexual harassment.

Since then, at least 11 women came forward with allegations and a probe was launched by the New York attorney general.

The investigation found he had sexually harassed at least 11 women and his office had retaliated against at least one woman. 

Nursing home deaths 

The governor was accused of covering up the death toll in New York state nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic.

In March 2020, he issued a directive ordering nursing homes to readmit COVID-positive patients due to limited space in hospitals.

The directive was later reversed.

In January, the state AG revealed his administration had undercounted the deaths in the facilities by around half.

His top aide then admitted to hiding the data from Trumps’ DOJ.

The controversial memoir

Cuomo came under fire for releasing his book ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic’ in October when the pandemic rumbled on.

An investigation was then launched this year to determine whether he unlawfully abused state resources, including staffers, to draft and promote it.  

Cuomo’s office has insisted staffers who worked on the book did so voluntarily. 

NY AG issued a subpoena to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics in its investigation September.

Special treatment for family   

The governor was also accused of giving special treatment to his friends and family – including Chris – in the early days of the pandemic. 

Investigators are looking into whether he misused public resources by providing his family with COVID-19 testing at a time when testing was not widespread. 

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