WCBS/2 anchor Rob Morrison issued a death threat against his wife as he was being arrested on charges of attacking her at their Connecticut home, according to a court document released yesterday.
A Darien, Conn., police officer wrote that Morrison "threatened that if he was released from police custody, he would kill his wife." The document was offered in Superior Court in Stamford, Conn., in support of an order of protection against Morrison. Judge Kenneth Povadator ordered Morrison to stay 100 yards away from Ashley Morrison except when they're both at work. She works for CBS MoneyWatch.
Meanwhile, New York police said they were called to the couple's former Manhattan home 11 times between 2004 and 2009 because of domestic disputes. They said one call resulted in an arrest, but that case was sealed.
Morrison, 44, was charged Sunday with strangulation, threatening and disorderly conduct. Officers had been called by Morrison's mother-in-law to the couple's home in Darien. They said Morrison had been belligerent toward his wife throughout the night and had wrapped his hands around her neck, leaving red marks.
Morrison's lawyer, Robert Skovgaard, did not enter a plea at the arraignment.
Outside the courthouse, Morrison said: "I did not choke my wife. I've never raised my hands to my wife."
He was released on the $100,000 bond he posted Sunday. He is due back in court March 26.
Morrison anchors WCBS-TV's news programs "This Morning" and "News at Noon." Ashley Morrison worked for Bloomberg Television before joining CBS MoneyWatch. The couple has a young son.