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New York news anchor accused of choking wife

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  • WCBS news anchor Rob Morrison is accused of choking his wife during a domestic violence incident
  • His wife, Ashley Morrison of CBS MoneyWatch, had red marks on her neck, police said
  • 'I did not choke my wife,' Rob Morrison said Tuesday
WCBS news anchor Rob Morrison is accused of choking his wife.

WCBS news anchor Rob Morrison is facing charges after authorities allege he choked his wife during a domestic violence incident early Sunday at the couple’s Darien, Connecticut, home.

Morrison’s wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, did not request medical treatment after the incident, according to police, but authorities say they observed red marks on her neck.

Darien police say they arrived at the couple’s home around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving a call from Ashley Morrison’s mother.

“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,” Darien police said in a statement.

While being processed, arresting officers allegedly heard Morrison make “verbal threats to do his wife additional harm,” the statement added.

Morrison was charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.

He was released from jail Tuesday after posting $100,000 bond.

“Rob and Ashley Morrison are cooperating fully with the authorities to insure that all of the information necessary to properly evaluate this unfortunate incident is made available,” the couple’s attorney, Robert Skovgaard, said in a joint statement released Monday.

“The Morrisons are confident that a full review of this matter will show that the allegations have been greatly exaggerated,” Skovgaard added.

A WCBS spokeswoman told HLN the station is declining to comment because the incident is a personal matter.

“I did not choke my wife. I’ve never laid my hands on my wife,” Morrison said outside the courthouse Tuesday following his arraignment, according to News 12 Connecticut.

His next court appearance is scheduled for March 26. 

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