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Runs in the family? Former ABC News producer accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment

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Former ABC News executive producer Shelley Ross accused CNN host Chris Cuomo of sexually harassing her at a work party in 2005. The New York Times published her essay on the incident.

“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,” Ross wrote. “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,” Cuomo told her as he embraced her. According to her, he had a “cocky arrogance” about him. After she pushed him off, she pointed out her husband in the room. Ross quickly left the party with her husband. In the end, Cuomo apologized to Ross over the incident.

This comes after Cuomo’s brother Andrew Cuomo resigned as New York Governor over similar sexual harassment accusations. Ross decided to write the accusation as a result of Cuomo’s response to his brother’s resignation. He wore a “Truth” t-shirt on air following the news.

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

Meanwhile, Cuomo defended himself in a statement to the New York Times. “As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature,” Cuomo said. “It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it.”

Read Ross’ full essay here.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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BLM co-founder used funds to pay sister, mother, brother and child’s father

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Released tax filings show just how Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors spent the millions of dollars raised from “White guilt.” She paid roughly $970,000 to the company of her child’s father to help “produce live events” and other “creative services.”

Over $840,000 was paid to her brother, Paul Cullors, for security services. Daily Mail wrote that “leaders have attempted to justify” the expenses to her brother by saying the “foundation’s protection could not be entrusted to former police professionals who typically run security firms because the BLM movement is known for vehemently protesting law enforcement organizations.”

It was recently disclosed that she bought a $6 million mansion in L.A. for the organization, and denied she took money from BLM for personal matters, although shortly after it was unearthed that she had used the mansion for her own parties.

Cullors also reportedly “reimbursed BLM $73,523 for a charter flight for foundation-related travel, which the organization says she took in 2021 out of concern for COVID-19 and security threats.”

Cullors resigned last year from the organization due to criticism of her finances, such as purchasing multiple homes for herself that cost millions of dollars combined. She also admitted the charity was paying for “employment” of her sister, mother, and brother.

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation Inc revealed from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, it ended the fiscal year with nearly $42 million in net assets. “The foundation invested $32 million in stocks from the $90 million it received as donations amid racial justice protests in 2020” adds Daily Mail.

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