“Former CBS anchor Charlie Rose filed a motion Friday to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him, claiming the three plaintiffs are ‘exploiting the #MeToo Movement,'” CNN reports. “The motion asserts that ‘none of the three plaintiffs,’ Katherine Brooks Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei, ‘alleges a cognizable claim of gender discrimination harassment or retaliation.'”
In the suit against Rose, filed in May, the women accuse Rose of “blatant and repeated sexual harassment.”
“The three women claimed that Rose ‘repeatedly sexually touched’ them, ‘including without limitation caressing and touching their arms, shoulders, waist and back, pulling them close to his body, and kissing them on the cheek,'” CNN reports.
The report adds: “The suit came on the heels of a bombshell story in the Washington Post, in which 27 women accused Rose of sexual harassment. The three plaintiffs in the lawsuit also went on the record for the Post’s story, detailing Rose’s alleged misconduct.”
The report quotes the motion filed today by Rose saying: “Tacitly recognizing the weakness of their factual allegations, Plaintiffs seek to bolster their threadbare and conclusory claims by exploiting the #MeToo Movement and bootstrapping the accusations of sexual harassment made by third parties against Rose in articles published by The Washington Post.”