US networks suspend veteran newsman Charlie Rose over sexual harassment allegations
The PBS and CBS host was accused by eight women of unwanted advances – including walking naked in front of two of them
Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS stopping distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him following a newspaper report including claims made by eight women.
The women, who all worked for Rose or tried to work for him, accused the veteran newsman of groping them, walking naked in front of them and telling one that he dreamed about her swimming nude, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
Rose, 75, said in a statement that he was “deeply embarrassed” and apologised for his behaviour.
He has co-hosted critically-acclaimed morning news programme CBS This Morning with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.
CBS This Morning was put in the unusual position of reporting on one of their own hosts as the lead story on Tuesday.
“This is not the main I know,” said King, adding that she’s on the side of the women who are hurt and damaged.
O’Donnell said it’s a time of reckoning for women. “This has to end,” she said.
Rose also does interviews for CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Three women went on record in the newspaper’s deeply-reported story. Reah Bravo, a former associate producer for Rose’s PBS show who began working for him in 2007, told the newspaper: “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.” She said Rose groped her on several occasions and once, during a business trip to Indiana, called her to his hotel room where he emerged from a shower naked.
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, one of Rose’s former assistants, was 21 when she said Rose repeatedly called her to describe his fantasies of her swimming naked at the pool at his Long Island home while he watched from his bedroom. She said she was fired when Rose learned she had spoken to a mutual friend about his behaviour.
Megan Creydt, who worked as a coordinator on Rose’s PBS show in 2005 and 2006, told The Washington Post that she was sitting in the passenger seat as Rose drove in Manhattan one day when he put his hand on her thigh. Five women interviewed by the newspaper described similar grabs to their legs.
Rose said that he has behaved insensitively at times: “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 realise I was mistaken. I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will, too.”
Rose’s interview show was rebroadcast on Bloomberg’s cable network, which also announced on Monday it was suspending the show. He interviews a wide circle of people in the media, politics and entertainment.
Two hours after story went online, one of its authors, Amy Brittain, tweeted that “sadly, my inbox is already flooded with women who have had similar, disturbing encounters with Charlie Rose”.
Interviewed in April, Rose was asked about Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who lost his job when it was revealed his network paid millions of dollars to settle claims women had made against him.
“All of the cases that raise the issue of sexual harassment, which is a terrible thing [and] has probably been not exposed enough,” Rose said. “Not enough in the sense of the attention in the past, so that people were afraid to come forward. I think people are coming forward now.”