Rob Morrison resigns from WCBS amid domestic abuse charges

WCBS Television anchorman Rob Morrison looks on during

WCBS Television anchorman Rob Morrison looks on during his arraignment in Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. (Feb. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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WCBS/2 news anchor Rob Morrison, facing charges in Connecticut in the alleged choking of his wife, Wednesday resigned from the station while continuing to protest his innocence.

"To those who prefer to believe the outright lies printed in the tabloids, I ain't mad at ya. Good luck," Morrison, 44, tweeted early Wednesday morning before news of his resignation became public.

He confirmed his departure hours later in a statement released by WCBS. "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," the morning and noon news anchor said.

"I very much appreciate the opportunity that CBS 2 has given me and I thank them for accepting my decision."

A spokeswoman for the station said WCBS had no comment on his possible replacements on the anchor desk.

Morrison faces charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct after police were called to the couple's Darien, Conn., home Sunday, where he was arrested on suspicion of trying to choke his wife, Ashley Morrison, an anchor for CBS MoneyWatch.

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"Police can say anything they want," Morrison told the journalism news site FishbowlNY Wednesday. "Is there any sort of photographic evidence? There is none."

Morrison, who is free on $100,000 bond, is next due in court March 26.

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