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  • 19 February 2013, 14:20

WCBS-TV News Anchor Attempts To Strangle Wife

A television news anchor tried to strangle his wife and carried on threatening her even after he was arrested, according to police.

Officers were called to the home of WCBS-TV anchor Rob Morrison after receiving a call from his mother-in-law about his treatment of her daughter, who is a financial news anchor for CBS.

Morrison had been increasingly aggressive towards his wife throughout the evening and ended up with his hands wrapped around her neck, the police said.

The attack, at the couple's home in Darien, Connecticut, left Ashley Morrison with red marks around her neck.

The arresting officers said they heard Rob Morrison threaten to harm his wife while they were dealing with him. They said his wife did not seek medical attention.

A Darien Police Department statement said: "Upon arrival, it was ascertained that Morrison had been becoming increasingly belligerent toward his wife during the course of the evening, culminating in his choking her by the neck with both hands."

A police mug shot of Morrison taken after the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning shows him with what appears to be a cut on the bridge of his nose and a bruise on his swollen bottom lip.

Morrison, who posted a $100,000 bond, faces charges of strangulation, threatening and disorderly conduct.

The couple's attorney said in a statement that they were cooperating fully with authorities in this "unfortunate incident".

"The Morrisons are confident that a full review of this matter will show that the allegations have been greatly exaggerated," attorney Robert Skovgaard said in the statement.

Rob Morrison, who has been a combat correspondent and was a reporter and anchor for WNBC-TV, now anchors WCBS-TV's news programmes This Morning and News at Noon.

Ashley Morrison worked for Bloomberg Television before joining CBS MoneyWatch. The couple, who have appeared on screen together several times, have a young son.

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