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N.Y. anchorman resigns amid allegations he tried to strangle wife

February 20, 2013|By Marisa Gerber and Michael Muskal
  • This booking photo released by the Darien, Conn., Police Department shows WCBS-TV anchor Rob Morrison, who was arrested Sunday at his home. Police said he fought with his wife and then choked her at their home and threatened her after his arrest.
This booking photo released by the Darien, Conn., Police Department shows… (Darien Police Department )

A New York television anchorman who was the face of WCBS-TV resigned Wednesday amid allegations he tried to strangle his wife.

Rob Morrison, whose booking photo showing a bloodied face has been circulating on the Internet the last few days, spent Tuesday in court in Stamford, Conn., on second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct charges.

“I did not choke my wife. I have never laid my hands on my wife,” Morrison, 44, told reporters before entering the courtroom. “I was just as surprised by that particular charge as probably was everyone else who's heard about this story.”

His wife, Ashley Morrison, is a television reporter for "CBS MoneyWatch."

Despite his lawyer’s previous claims that the accusations were overblown, Rob Morrison announced his immediate resignation Wednesday, according to a statement released by the station.

"My family is my first and only priority right now and I have informed CBS 2 management that I need to put all of my time and energy into making sure that I do what's best for my wife and my son,” Morrison said. “I very much appreciate the opportunity that CBS 2 has given me and I thank them for accepting my decision.”

The charges stem from a phone call police received from Morrison’s mother-in-law in Indiana on Sunday about a domestic dispute the news anchor had with her daughter at their Connecticut home.

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