CBS News fires Charlie Rose following sexual misconduct allegations

NEW YORK – (CBS)  – CBS News has cut ties with “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose over allegations of sexual assault, CBS News president David Rhodes announced Tuesday.

“Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace-a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place,” Rhodes said in a statement Tuesday.

Rose was suspended from the network after The Washington Post published claims from eight women who all worked or wanted to work for his PBS program. They describe Rose making unwanted sexual advances in the 1990s through 2011.

Washington Post reporter Amy Brittain spent weeks reaching out to Rose’s former employees and job seekers.

“I think that you can’t understate, you know, the level of influence and power that a man like Charlie Rose has,” Brittain said.

Several “described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh.” One said he “groped her breasts” as she drove him in a car. Two women said he “walked naked in front of them” after taking a shower.

“Some critics might say, well why were they in position, you know, to see him naked? But the thing about Charlie Rose is that he would commonly require his employees to come over to his private homes,” Brittain said.

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NEW YORK – The wave of sexual abuse allegations that has been reported recently — from Hollywood to Washington — has now hit CBS News.

Late Monday, CBS News suspended correspondent Charlie Rose after The Washington Post reported that eight women associated with his PBS program are accusing him of sexual harassment. The incidents reportedly took place from the late 1990s to 2011.

Rose issued a statement apologizing.

Rose, who is 75, became a co-host of “CBS This Morning” in 2012 and has been a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes” for nearly a decade.

The eight women, according to the Washington Post, were either employees of Charlie Rose Inc., which produces the “Charlie Rose” show, or aspired to work for him there. They were not employees of CBS or PBS, where his interview show airs, or Bloomberg, where it’s taped and rebroadcast.

The allegations in the Washington Post article include Rose making unwanted sexual advances in the form of lewd phone calls, groping and walking around naked in front of the women.

Five of the women described Rose putting his hand on their legs to test their reaction. Two said that while working for him at his home or while traveling on business he came out of the shower and walked naked in front of them.

Rose told the Post in a statement: “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.”

He posted his statement in full on Twitter. 

CBS News issued a statement saying, “Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them seriously.”

In addition to the CBS News suspension, late Monday afternoon, PBS and Bloomberg ended distribution of his talk show.

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