The Washington Post published an expose, in which eight women have come forward accusing the longtime TV journalist Charlie Rose of sexual harassment.
The allegations include both on-the-record and off-the-record sources, saying Rose made lecherous comments to women over the phone, walked naked in front of female subordinates and grope them.
Those incidents happened for years since the late 90s to 2011.
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, who worked for him in the mid-2000s, said he walked naked around her. When she told Rose’s executive producer Yvette Vega about his behavior Vega replied, “That’s just Charlie being Charlie.”
Vega, who works for Rose since 1991 the beginning of his famous show, said she regrets her actions.
“I should have stood up for them,” she reflected. “I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them.”
Over the years, Rose took advantage of many young talented women, “There are so few jobs,” said one of the women who said Rose groped her. “You know if you don’t behave a certain way, there’s someone else behind you.”
Rose traveled a lot to interview world leaders around the globe and often by his side was a crew of young assistants and producers.
The young women who were employed by the show were sometimes called “Charlie’s Angels,” two former staffers said. Rose often gave unwelcome shoulder rubs to many of them, which many of the employees called his behavior as “the crusty paw.”
Comments from both women around Rose and Rose himself have taken on an entirely different meaning in the wake of the accusations against him.
For instance, 2014, his “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell introduced Rose at a fundraiser celebrating his accomplishments, quipping, “We’re all here because, with Charlie Rose, one woman is never enough.”
At the time, Rose stated that he was pleased that he has been surrounded by “women who were smarter, more thoughtful and more eloquent than I was.”
In 2010 Rose inappropriately pushed Penelope Cruz to talk about her sexuality, which he said is a part of her “DNA.” Though Cruz acknowledges that she is an attractive woman, she said she still has an “insecure side.”
“The good feelings that come from knowing you’re beautiful and sexy and … you don’t trust it?” Rose prodded.
Cruz responded, “No.”
“You know it’s there. You know it. You feel it. You know how men react to you,” Rose pushed again, before being interrupted by Cruz.
“No, that — I didn’t say that I know it’s there,” Cruz said.
“Yes, you do. You know it’s there,” Rose said, moments later noting she “cannot depend on that for a lifetime.”
When it comes to the allegations against him, Rose said he has worked his whole career to be a champion of women in journalism.
“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,” he stated. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”
Rose said he is “deeply” sorry for his “inappropriate behavior” over the years, noting he “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,” Rose added. “I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
After these shocking accusations, Rose said he has “a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
CBS News suspended Rose and PBS has halted the production of “Charlie Rose” because of these accusations.
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