Rob Morrison, who has a history of domestic violence and was arrested for assault in 2009 after a confrontation with his wife Ashley Morrison, tells The News the police report is ‘complete fabrication’ and that he ‘would never in a million years’ hurt her.
By Barry Paddock , Dan Beekman , Rocco Parascandola AND Larry Mcshane / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 11:03 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 6:33 AM
Abusive anchorman Rob Morrison turned homicidal while in custody for choking his wife early Sunday, promising “he would kill” her once cops turned him loose.
WCBS brass are livid that the “News at Noon” anchor lied to them about how he bruised his face when he showed up for work on Monday, station sources said.
He “misled station management and has made a horrible situation even worse,” a source said.
Tuesday night, Morrison blamed his arrest on his mother-in-law, whose 911 call from her home in Indiana sent cops to his Connecticut house to defuse the volatile situation.
“Don’t piss off your mother-in-law is the moral of the story,” said Morrison, 44, Tuesday evening as he tried to relax listening to the Grateful Dead’s “Attics of My Life.”
Morrison claimed he initially called his mother-in-law, Martha Risk, hoping she could calm down him and his wife, fellow CBS anchor Ashley Morrison.
“I reached out to her mother in good faith looking for a level head in what was a chaotic situation and that’s what I got in return,” he said, admitting tension between him and Risk “is not new.”
Rob Morrison, a morning news anchor for CBS 2 News in New York City, was arrested for choking his wife after police say he “became increasingly belligerent” toward her during an argument.
Morrison said he and his wife began arguing after watching the romantic comedy “Mystic Pizza,” starring Julia Roberts. He wouldn’t reveal what sparked the fight other than to say it was a “basic disagreement that any family would have.”
“The argument that we had had was kind of over with. It was getting very late. The next thing you know there were cops at my door,” he said. “I told them to get the hell out of my house.”
He apologized for being “absolutely belligerent” to the cops.
“They don’t deserve the hard time I gave them,” Morrison said.
Channel 2’s “News at Noon” anchor was accused of choking his wife at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and was booted from their $1.26 million Darien home Tuesday by a Connecticut judge.
Morrison was allowed a single visit to his former home, accompanied by a police officer, to collect personal items.
Sources said Ashley Morrison hit her husband in the nose during the domestic dustup. While Rob Morrison revealed his nose was broken, he refused to comment on whether his wife hit him or if he had been drinking.
According to court papers released Tuesday, Morrison, within earshot of local cops, “threatened that if he was released from police custody he would kill his wife.”
Morrison denied making the threat, calling it an “absolute fabrication.”
“I would never in a million years,” he said.
Still, he said he may have threatened the Darien police officers who arrested him.
“I’m not saying I didn’t say I was going to kill one of those cops in my anger,” Morrison told The News. “I don’t know if I did or didn’t.”