8 women have come forth to the Washington Post to allege that longtime TV host Charlie Rose has made unwanted sexual advances towards them. The women claim that Rose made lewd phone calls, walked around naked, and groped their breast, buttocks, or genital areas.
The women were all either employees or prospective employees for Rose for the “Charlie Rose Show” ranging from the late 90s all the way up into 2011. Rose has released a statement to The Washington Post in response to the allegations, saying:
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am 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. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.
“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.” (source) 4:54 p.m. ET November 20, 2017
CBS has suspended Rose and PBS has halted all production of his shows after today’s allegations. (source) 5:56 p.m. ET November 20, 2017
Arizona State University has rescinded their Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism that they awarded to Charlie Rose in 2015. (source) 6:12 p.m. ET November 24, 2017