UPDATE 5:42 PM — Calling the allegations “greatly exaggerated,” Rob and Ashley Morrison issued a joint statement through their lawyer that they are “cooperating fully with the authorities to insure that all of the information necessary to properly evaluate this unfortunate incident is made available.”
The Morrisons also asked that their privacy is respected while the matter is being investigated.
4 p.m.: CBS has declined to comment on the case involving a CBS morning news anchor who is charged with choking his wife. The company has deferred comment to the anchor’s lawyer.
Rob Morrison, a morning news anchor for CBS 2 News in New York City, was arrested for choking his wife after police say he “became increasingly belligerent” toward her during an argument. While he was processed by Darien Police, officers claim to have heard Morrison threaten to harm his wife further.
His wife, Ashley Morrison, is also a news anchor for CBS, co-hosting the company’s MoneyWatch program. Rob Morrison was released from custody after posting a $100,000 bond. He faces felony strangulation and misdemeanor threatening and disorderly conduct charges.
Darien Police received a phone call from Ashley’s mother, who told them a fight was happening at her daughter’s home at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Police arrived and saw red marks on Ashley’s neck, and reported Rob used both hands to choke her. It’s unclear if Ashley required medical attention.
Rob Morrison has court on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Morrison presided over the Darien YMCA grand reopening as master of ceremonies at the ribbon cutting event last September. He has 20 years of experience in broadcast news, and for a decade worked at WNBC-TV. He has anchored the Emmy Award-winning morning show Today in New York and he also appeared regularly on NBC’s Weekend Today and MSNBC.
Morrison and his family moved to Darien in 2011.
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