By JERRY BARMASH
Here we go again! Bill Evans is the latest TV news personality to join the annals of tabloid fodder.
Evans, the veteran WABC-TV weatherman, and his wife Dana were charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
The arrest involves an incident on May 4 at the Evans’ Old Greenwich, CT home.
His attorney Philip Russell said in the statement:
“Bill and Dana are presently going through a difficult divorce. Our understanding is that on May 20, more than two weeks after an argument, Dana was advised by her divorce attorneys to file the complaint which led to the police investigation.”
FTV Live reports that Dana Evans spoke about the allegations in counseling, at which time it was suggested that she file a police report.
Bill Evans, 52, is the Channel 7 morning weather anchor. With the station since 1989, Evans is referred to as “Senior Meteorologist.”
WABC had no comment “on personal matters involving our employees. We are reviewing the situation and have no further comment at this time.”
While the station is assuming a low profile, weather meteorologists Amy Freeze and Jeff Smith have picked up the slack in Evans’ absence.
This is not unique for Channel 7. In 2010, Heidi Jones led the media on a wild goose chase following the bizarre story of her faking a sexual assault to police. The weekend meteorologist was suspended and ultimately fired.
The Evans’ incident more closely resembles the fate of former WCBS/Channel 2 anchor Rob Morrison. It would appear that there are two major differences, Morrison’s wife, Ashley wasn’t charged and is on TV.