CBS 2 morning news anchor Rob Morrison was arrested after allegedly fighting with his wife, CBS MoneyWatch reporter, Ashley Morrison, early Sunday morning at their home in Darien, Connecticut. Mr. Morrison is accused of choking Ms. Morrison and faces charges of second degree strangulation, second degree threatening and disorderly conduct.
“Because this is a personal matter, WCBS is declining to comment,” a CBS spokeswoman told the News, who broke the story this afternoon. But just half an hour after The Daily News posted the story, CBS New York, an online local affilate for the station, posted their own story. The CBS Local story, while much less severe than the News story, was prominently featured on the website’s homepage.
“Upon arrival, it was ascertained that [Mr.] Morrison had been becoming increasingly belligerent toward his wife during the course of the evening, culminating in his choking her by the neck with both hands,” a police press release said, according to The New York Daily News. Mr. Morrison posted a $100,000 bond and has a court date set for tom tomorrow at Stamford Superior Court, the News reported.
Mr. Morrison anchors CBS 2 News This Morning and At Noon with Mary Calvi. Before going to CBS in 2009, Mr. Morrison spent 10 years at NBC 4 (he took a buyout in 2008) and then tried his hand at a daddy blog for The Huffington Post and wrote a children’s book about his wife’s cat, Happy.
“The accused wife-choker,” as the News delicately describes Mr. Morrison, “made verbal threats to do his wife additional harm, which were overheard by arresting officers,” according to police.
Both stories note that Ms. Morrison didn’t request medical attention despite having red marks on her neck and that the Morrisons released a joint statement calling the allegations “greatly exaggerated,” although the tone of the two stories differs.
Looks like CBS tried to get ahead of the story–only half an hour late.