Another leftist bites the dust in the seemingly never-ending succession of new sexual abuse allegations. This time, it’s TV news personality Charlie Rose, who has been suspended by both CBS and PBS after eight different women say he sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls. The story broke Monday in The Washington Post.
The women were all employees or aspiring employees of the “Charlie Rose Show,” including interns, and the incidents reportedly occurred between the late 1990’s and 2011. They reveal a pattern of misconduct involving car rides and Rose showering. The television host, who owns his eponymous show, reportedly hired young attractive women whom he would direct to work from one of his homes. He would then appear in some state of undress and try to get them to look at his body. Other reports detail many instances of Rose getting touchy-feely in cars during business travel, much to the dismay of the young staffers.
Rose’s advances were apparently quite well known throughout his production company. Among other examples, the Post reports:
“While she was there, Bravo (one of the alleged victims) said she received a message from a male producer. If Rose did anything “sketchy,” she said he told her, she should not hesitate to call the show’s car service to return home.”
“She said she told someone in the office, and word got around. A few days later, she said, a male colleague approached her, laughing, “Oh, you got the shower trick.”
Yvette Vega, Rose’s longtime producer, is reported to have replied to allegations of misconduct by shrugging and proclaiming, “That’s just Charlie being Charlie.” Vega expressed her regret to the Post for not doing anything; telling the Post “I should have stood up for them, I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them.”
Rose himself released a statement which reads in part:
“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.
Rose has been a co-host of the Tiffany network’s morning show “CBS This Morning” and a longstanding contributing correspondent to its “60 Minutes” productions. Billionaire former NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg once described Rose as “one of the most important and influential people in journalism.” Rose’s show has garnered a litany of awards including the Legion d’honneur, an Emmy Award, the Peabody Prize and the Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism Award.
You can catch much of LibertyNation.com’s coverage of the many and various sexual harassment/assault allegations here.