Rob Morrison, WCBS Anchor, Allegedly Threatened To Kill Wife Ashley Morrison
Rob Morrison, a WCBS-TV news anchor, was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly strangling his wife, CBS anchor Ashley Morrison. The Morrisons apparently got into a heated argument, and when Rob called his mother-in-law for help in defusing the situation, she called the police.
Court papers said Morrison “threatened that if he was released from police custody he would kill his wife,” The New York Daily News reports. Morrison denied these claims, but did acknowledge his hostile nature. “I’m not saying I didn’t say I was going to kill one of those cops in my anger,” Morrison told the Daily News. “I don’t know if I did or didn’t.”
Ashley, 40, had red marks around her neck that looked like signs of choking, while Rob, 44, said he suffered a broken nose. From 2004 to 2009, police reported they were called 11 times to the Morrisons' home, however only one of those calls culminated in an arrest and none of them reported physical harm, ABC News reports.
On Tuesday, a Connecticut judge ordered Rob, a former Marine, to leave his Darien, Conn., home. This incident makes the couple’s work environment extremely awkward since they are both employed by New York CBS affiliates. Rob appears on This Morning and News at Noon, while Ashley is on CBS MoneyWatch. For now, neither Rob nor Ashley is on the air.
If charged with strangulation to the fullest extent, Rob could face jail for five years. —Hal Sundt