CBS News Fires Charlie Rose Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

CBS News Fires Charlie Rose Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

CBS News Fires Charlie Rose Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

United States news presenter Charlie Rose has been suspended by the CBS network after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct. On Monday, Rose was suspended from CBS, and PBS and Bloomberg, who air his "Charlie Rose" talk show announced they were pulling the show from their scheduled.

"We are immediately suspending distribution of 'Charlie Rose, '" PBS said in a statement. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.

The Post's report detailed how Rose's power sometimes created an environment of constant fear among the women who worked for him, despite people reporting his activity to Vega.

Those advances included lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas, the women said. For example, when Bravo worked a side job at Rose's house, she was told by a co-worker, "If Rose did anything "sketchy"... she should not hesitate to call the show's auto service to return home", the Post said.

In a statement, Rose apologised and said he was "greatly embarrassed".

Rose's co-hosts on the morning show, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, were sharply critical of their colleague on Tuesday. CBS said it had spoken to one of Rose's accusers, and that she declined to go on camera, but confirmed the accuracy of the report. "He's toast", said one off-screen voice. "I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that", Rose told the Post.

"Most of the women said Rose alternated between fury and flattery in his interactions with them". I've held him in such high regard.

"I explained how he inappropriately spoke to me during those times", Godfrey-Ryan said.

Of the two dozen or so Rose employees interviewed for the story, the Post says more than half either witnessed outright harassment or behavior that made them uncomfortable. "It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them".

"I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too".

"I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realise I was mistaken", he added, saying he had "come to a profound new respect for women and their lives".

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