Former TV anchor charged again
Former CBS Channel 2 news anchor Rob Morrison was rearrested by Darien police Monday after allegedly violating a protective order and calling his estranged wife more than 100 times over a three-day period last month.
Morrison posted a $50,000 bond on the new charges of violating the protective order and second-degree harassment.
Past threatening and breach of peace charges against Morrison were dropped in April after he completed a 26-week program for people involved in family violence.
Morrison is married to fellow television journalist Ashley Morrison, and the couple has one young son, Jack.
In a hearing at state Superior Court in Stamford on Tuesday, Judge Erika Tindall issued a more-restrictive protective order prohibiting Rob Morrison from harassing, following, interfering with or contacting his wife. The order, however, did not extend to his 9-year-old son.
Morrison's defense attorney, Frank DiScala, told Tindall that Morrison would abide by the order. Tindall then scheduled Morrison to return to court on July 15 to be arraigned on the charges.
According to his arrest affidavit, Ashley Morrison showed up at Darien police headquarters over Memorial Day weekend "physically shaking" and "in a very fragile state" to report that her husband had been repeatedly violating the protective order issued by a state Superior Court judge in 2013.
A subsequent search of Rob Morrison's cellphone records indicated that over the course of the holiday weekend, he placed 121 calls to his wife's cellphone and home phone. Most of the calls were made on May 25 -- the day Ashley Morrison showed up at the police station -- when he allegedly called 109 times and "would hang up and call right back for approximately 14 hours," police said.
Ashley Morrison told Darien Police Sgt. Keri Isaac she was scared and "she thinks Rob Morrison could kill her if she has him arrested." She said Rob Morrison told her that "she will never get rid of him," and she had fled to a friend's house with her son because she was afraid that he would show up at her home.
When Ashley Morrison was later informed that Darien police were pursuing her husband's arrest, she reportedly "became irate" and told Isaac "things are fine and she does not want to pursue any charges."
In an interview following Tuesday's court hearing, Morrison explained that on the Friday night before Memorial Day, Ashley Morrison demanded to have a conversation about some plans the two had to relocate.
He said he told her that it wasn't the time to talk about it, saying his son has no idea that a move is in his future.
"We have done a wonderful job of shielding him from what has transpired over the past 16-17 months," Morrison said.
But Morrison said his wife insisted, and became agitated and aggressive when he refused and began yelling at him. He said after a few moments after the heated conversation began, he turned and saw his son standing near the stairs crying.
He said the argument went on for a couple of minutes before she ordered him out of the house. Under a less-restrictive protective order allowing him to visit the house at the time, he left.
"When she says go, I have to go. It's breaking my heart. I can't even go over and comfort Jack," he said.
Morrison said his wife then cut off communications, frustrating his efforts to talk to his son.
"There was no response and I became concerned," he said. "I don't want to talk to Ashley. I need to know my son is OK; what he witnessed, if it troubled him. We had long-term plans to go golfing the next day being broken. All he may be thinking is, `Daddy's gone and he isn't coming back.' "
Over the course of the next couple days Morrison admitted, "I tried like hell to get in touch with her."
But by the end of the weekend, Morrison said the two made up and Jack even got his golf outing with his father.
On Monday, Morrison said his wife called him to say Darien police had just told her they had a warrant for his arrest. Morrison said he had no knowledge that she went to police the Sunday before Memorial Day.
He said his wife was "panicked" when she spoke to him and rushed to school and got her son and the two flew to Florida.
Morrison said he hadn't threatened his wife and had no idea why she would tell police that she thought he would kill her.
"You are going to have to ask her that... I can't explain why someone who acts impulsively does or says the things they do," Morrison said.