CBS News has suspended Charlie Rose following claims of sexual harassment, according to the Associated Press. PBS also said it will halt production and distribution of the show following the same report.
Charlie Rose, the longtime TV journalist who co-hosts CBS This Morning, contributes to 60 Minutes and is best known for his PBS interview show, Charlie Rose, has just been added to the growing roster of deplorables: Men who have been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting the women they work with.
And he's copping to most of it.
The Washington Post reported late Monday that eight women told the paper that Rose, 75, made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas, while they worked for him or aspired to work for him.
The accusations cover the period between the late 1990s to as recently as 2011; the accusers ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters.
"There are striking commonalities in the accounts of the women, each of whom described their interactions with Rose in multiple interviews with The Post. For all of the women, reporters interviewed friends, colleagues or family members who said the women had confided in them about aspects of the incidents."
The Post said three of the eight spoke on the record. Five spoke on the condition of anonymity "out of fear of Rose’s stature in the industry, his power over their careers or what they described as his volatile temper."
Rose, who has been prominent on American TV screens for 45 years, quibbled about the accuracy of some of the allegations but he acknowledged his misdeeds and apologized, in a statement to The Post.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.
“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
Rose joins a list few want to be on, a growing roster of boldface names — in entertainment, media, business or politics — who have been accused of workplace sexual harassment, coercion, assault or even rape just in the last two months.
Reah Bravo, an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007, described unwanted sexual advances while working for Rose at his private waterfront estate in Bellport, N.Y., and while traveling with him in cars, in a hotel suite and on a private plane.
“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were,” she told The Post. “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
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