Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
According to The Washington Post, the women were
employees or aspired to work for Rose at the “Charlie Rose” show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS, also co-hosts “CBS This Morning” and is a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes.”
\“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose said in a statement provided to The Post. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.
“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.”
CBS has suspended Rose. PBS has halted production of his show.
Sadly, my inbox is already flooded with women who have had similar, disturbing encounters with Charlie Rose. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Please reach out if you have any information to share. Our reporting continues. @irin https://t.co/i8fgF8wabB— Amy Brittain (@AmyJBrittain) November 20, 2017
WATCH: 8 women have accused TV host Charlie Rose of sexual harassment. @irin, who helped break this story for @washingtonpost, joins us pic.twitter.com/yo9AxVtBd0— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 20, 2017
CBS has fired Charlie Rose.