Rob Morrison, a CBS New York TV anchorman, has resigned following allegations that he choked his wife at their Connecticut home and — threatened to kill her — when released from police custody.
WCBS-TV released a statement Wednesday saying that anchor Rob Morrison has quit, effective immediately, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In a statement released Wednesday, Morrison, 44, confirmed that he resigned his position as a CBS 2 news anchor, saying his "family is my first and only priority right now."
"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, CNN writes. "I very much appreciate the opportunity that CBS 2 has given me and I thank them for accepting my decision."
The abrupt resignation came three days after the veteran broadcaster was taken into custody early Sunday at the Darien, Conn. home he shares with his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, police said. He was arrested and accused of choking his wife with both hands after becoming "increasingly belligerent ... during the course of the evening," a Darien police statement said.
According to police, Ashley hit Rob in the face with a television remote to stop him from choking her. That’s how he ended up with a bloody gash on his nose in his mug shot, The NY Postreported.
He was arrested on charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct. "I can't go home tonight, man, I'm fucking killing her!" Morrison reportedly told his arresting officer, NY Magazine reports.
He denies ever physically assaulting or choking his spouse. "Sincere thanks to our family, friends, colleagues and viewers who continue to show support. It's humbling and overwhelming," Morrison tweeted this morning. "To those who prefer to believe the outright lies printed in the tabloids, I ain't mad at ya. Good luck."
In fact, the ex-Marine told the Daily News that the couple was watching Mystic Pizza when they started arguing. "Don't piss off your mother-in-law is the moral of the story," Morrison told the paper, "as he tried to relax listening to the Grateful Dead's 'Attics of My Life.'"
Choking: a harbinger of potential murder
Domestic violence experts don't take choking lightly.
Domestic violence victims who are choked are at significant risk for being killed, The Chicago Tribunereported. The Chicago Women's Health Risk Study, which examined how to predict domestic violence homicide, found that 12 percent of women whose partners choked them were later killed, compared with 6 percent of women who had been attacked but not choked, the Chicago paper writes.
There is something particularly chilling about choking, said Carolyn Rebecca Block, senior research analyst with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and principal investigator for the Chicago study, according to the Tribune.
"If somebody can look you in the eye and squeeze the breath of life out of you ... what kind of person could do that to someone else?" she said. "You're talking about the ultimate degree of power and control."
If you or someone you know would like more information on resources for Domestic violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.