Charlie Rose, one of the most respected journalists of his era, now finds himself at the center of a brewing controversy. Rose has been accused by eight women who say he sexually harassed them and performed lewd acts according to a report from the Washington Post.
The Post writes:
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 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 and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts “CBS This Morning” and is a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes.”
There are striking commonalities in the accounts of the women, each of whom described their interactions with Rose in multiple interviews with The Post. For all of the women, reporters interviewed friends, colleagues or family members who said the women had confided in them about aspects of the incidents. Three of the eight spoke on the record.
The outlet adds that five of the women spoke off the record out of fear that coming forward with allegations could harm their current career standings. Rose, who has been suspended by CBS as an investigation ensues, issued a statement to the outlet apologizing for his actions and said in some of the instances he thought there were “shared feelings” in the exchanges.