The embattled ex-news anchor for WCBS News claims that his wife, also a television personality, used a protective order as retribution against him after he refused to discuss relocating in the presence of the couple’s 8-year-old son.
Darien Police arrested Rob Morrison, 46, for violating a protective order after he contacted his wife, former CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, more than 100 times over Memorial Day weekend. He was also charged with harassment, and his wife told police that she feared he “could kill her if she got him arrested,” according to court records.
Morrison said the entire incident has been taken out of context. He said most of those phone calls and text messages were the result of his attempts to contact his son after Ashley kicked him out of the house for refusing to discuss relocation plans.
“She became very agitated and very irate,” Morrison told The Darien Times. “I was trying to diffuse the situation. She raised her voice, called me names, et cetera… I look over and there’s [our son]… He’s crying. He saw what he perceived to be a pretty boisterous argument between his mom and dad, when in fact, it was instigated by one party.
“I was trying to make my way over to comfort him and she” yelled at him to leave in front of their son, he said. “If she says that I’ve got to go,” under the terms of the protective order.
“He witnessed me getting tossed out of the house,” he continued. “I can only imagine how traumatic that is for an 8-year-old.”
After leaving, Morrison said he tried calling and texting his wife to check on his son, but she would not respond.
“I understand it’s a shocking number,” he said, “but it was a concerned father trying to reach his son. I’m concerned. I can’t go to the house. I need to know that [my son] is OK.”
He had planned on taking his son golfing, and was concerned that his son would be confused when the two never made the outing, Morrison said, which could also explain the high number of phone calls and texts.
“My biggest fear in the world is that he thinks his daddy’s left, that ‘he doesn’t care about me,’ ” Morrison said.
For three weeks after the incident, Morrison said he and Ashley and their son have “had some wonderful times.”
“I had no idea she went to the cops,” he said. “I still don’t know why.”
“As far as I’m concerned, it was simply that she was aggravated and angry that I wouldn’t have that conversation and she decided to put a barrier between me and my son,” he said. “I think that’s an abuse of a protective order that’s put in place to help people who are in danger or some sort of peril. It’s not meant — because you’re in a bad mood — to prevent a father from talking to his son.”
Morrison declined to comment if he and Ashley were considering staying together. Police have responded to several domestic related problems over the past several years, culminating in an incident in 2013 where Morrison was arrested for choking his wife and threatening to kill her while he was being processed at the police station. Those charges were essentially dropped in April this year.
Court records show that Ashley came to police headquarters at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, “physically shaking” and “in a very fragile state.”
According to Darien Police Sgt. Keri Issac, Ashley said that Rob had told her “many times that she will never get rid of him.”
Both Ashley and Morrison’s attorney, Frank Discala, agreed that their her intention with going to police was not to get him arrested, and she declined to provide police with any evidence or a statement, records show.
“However, it is my obligation as a police officer to investigate the matter and per our conversation I applied for a search warrant for [Morrison's] cell phone records,” Isaac wrote.
Ashley Morrison could not be immediately reached for comment. Read the full story in this week’s print edition of the Darien Times, on newsstands Thursday, June 19.