The CBS journalist and talk show host was taken off the air amid allegations of sexual harassment, CBS News confirmed.
The Washington Post reported that eight women who worked or wanted to work for his PBS program had made the claims, saying that he made unwanted sexual advances from the 1990s until 2011.
In a statement, CBS News announced that Charlie Rose is “suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously.”
Washington Post reporter Amy Brittain said that she spent weeks reaching out to the women. “I think that you can’t understate, you know, the level of influence and power that a man like Charlie Rose has,” Brittain said.
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Several “described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh.” One said that he did worse as she drove him in a car, and two women claimed he “walked naked in front of them” after he took a shower.
“Some critics might say, well why were they in position, you know, to see him naked? But the thing about Charlie Rose is that he would commonly require his employees to come over to his private homes,” Brittain said.
Rose tweeted an apology Monday: “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,” he added.
On Tuesday, CBS “This Morning” anchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell went after Rose for three minutes on Deadline.com.
“This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment of where we stand and, more generally, the safety of women,” O’Donnell said. “Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and it is pervasive.” Then, she added, “This will be investigated. This has to end.”
King added, “I have enjoyed a friendship and a partnership with Charlie for the past five years and I have held him in such high regard and I am really struggling. … We are all rocked by this.”
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