Talked about ripped from the headlines.
Rob Morrison, who anchors This Morning and News at Noon for New York City's CBS 2, was in court today to answer to charges of domestic violence against his wife and CBS colleague, Ashley Morrison, whom he's accused of choking, after which he allegedly threatened to kill her in front of his arresting officers, E! News confirms.
According to police in Darien, Conn., they responded on Sunday at 1:30 a.m. to a call, made by Ashley's mother, about a domestic-violence incident at the couple's residence.
"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," read a statement from the Darien Police Department. "Officers did observe red marks on the victim's neck consistent with this allegation. No medical treatment was requested by the victim."
He was booked on suspicion of strangulation, threatening and disorderly conduct and released from custody after posting a $100,000 bond.
A Stamford, Conn., judge granted a restraining order against Morrison today that requires he stay at least 100 yards away from his wife—although they are allowed to be closer at work, where Ashley is a reporter for CBS MoneyWatch.
According to documentsfiled along with Ashley's motion for a restraining order, Morrison said in front of his arresting officers that "if he was released from police custody, he would kill his wife."
Her filing also states that NYC police were called to their home 11 times when they lived in Manhattan, with one call in 2009 resulting in Morrison's arrest, the record of which is sealed, per the New York Daily News.
Morrison did not enter a plea today, with his attorney telling the court that they would enter one "at the appropriate time."
"I did not choke my wife. I've never raised my hands to my wife," the news anchor told reporters outside the courthouse. He's due back in court on March 26.
The Morrisons have a 7-year-old son.
—Additional reporting by Holly Passalaqua