CBS News personality and longtime PBS host Charlie Rose was placed on suspension by CBS, and PBS and Bloomberg LP have suspended distribution of the talk show “Charlie Rose,” after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced in a report by The Washington Post.
“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,” the paper reports.
“The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the ‘Charlie Rose’ show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011,” the report adds. “They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts ‘CBS This Morning’ and is a contributing correspondent for ’60 Minutes.’”
Rose provided a statement to The Post in which he says: “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. 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.”