“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,” she said.
“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.”
On June 1, 2005, Cuomo sent Ross an email with the subject title: “Now that I think of it… I am ashamed.”
“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,” Cuomo wrote.
“So pass along my apology to your very good and noble husband… and I apologize to you as well for ever putting you in such a position. Next time, I will remember the lesson, no matter how happy I am to see you.”
The prime-time CNN host was one of a small group of people who advised the disgraced former governor as he attempted to rebuild his career following the attorney general’s explosive report accusing him of sexually harassing 11 women.