Veteran US news anchor Charlie Rose suspended after sexual harassment claims

Ruben Ruiz
November 22, 2017

USA news presenter Charlie Rose has been suspended by the CBS network after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct.

"CBS This Morning" was put in the unusual position of reporting on one of their own hosts as their lead story Tuesday after the Washington Post disclosed that several women accused him of groping them and walking naked in front of them.

In the immediate aftermath of the Post's report, CBS News announced it is suspending Rose and PBS said that it would halt distribution of his show.

Responses to Rose's alleged behavior came fast from CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg. "This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program", the memo states.

"CBS This Morning" co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell talked about the allegations against Rose during Tuesday's broadcast, admitting it was a hard morning for them but applauded the women who came forward. One of the accusers claimed that Rose had groped her breasts.

"Charlie does not get a pass here", King stressed, claiming she is "still reeling" from the news. "And I've been doing a lot of listening and I'm going to continue to do that", O'Donnell said.

"There are striking commonalities in the accounts of the women, each of whom described their interactions with Rose in multiple interviews with The Post", the newspaper points out. "Still, I wanted to share a story with you not about harassment, but of an underlying dynamic between men and women that contributes to this culture in which inappropriate conduct goes unaddressed".

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CBS, on which Rose has co-anchored CBS This Morning since 2012, has suspended the journalist pending an investigation.

Rose said in a statement that he "deeply apologized" for what he admitted was "inappropriate behavior".

He said: 'In my 45 years of journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Rose subsequently apologized for his actions but downplayed their significance in a brief videotaped exchange published by TMZ. "I failed. It is crushing".

Rose issued a statement to the Post that he is "greatly embarrassed". A former associate producer for Rose's PBS show, Reah Bravo, told the Washington Post: "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim". "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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