Months after Charlie Rose was accused of sexual harassment and fired from CBS and PBS, shocking new details about his alleged behavior have been revealed.
Rose’s firing came in November 2017 after eight women accused him of sexual harassment, with the behavior ranging from groping to lewd phone calls and inappropriate remarks. Rose said at the time that he “always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
Now, even more women have come forward to accuse Rose of harassment, and some of them have filed a lawsuit. Here’s a look at the disgusting new allegations against Rose and the reason CBS itself is now in hot water (page 6).
1. 27 additional women have accused Rose of sexual harassment
Months after Rose’s firing, a significant number of new accusations came to light in May 2018. In a report from The Washington Post, 27 additional woman accused Rose of sexual harassment. This was on top of the original eight accusations from 2017, bringing the total number of accusers to 35.
These accusations came from women who worked with Rose at CBS and elsewhere, and the incidents stretch from 1976 through 2017.
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2. Multiple women say Rose was known to make lewd comments at work
Several women told The Washington Post that Rose was known to make inappropriate, lewd comments to female employees.
One woman said that when she was a 22-year-old news clerk, she was delivering a script to Rose, and he asked her, “Annmarie, do you like sex? Do you enjoy it? How often do you like to have sex?” The woman says Rose had made lewd comments about her appearance before. She says she reported Rose’s comments to her boss, and he laughed.
Another woman who worked as an assistant producer said Rose frequently made comments about her breasts and buttocks. She also said that on more than one occasion, when she delivered materials to Rose’s home, he would answer the door wearing only a towel and ask her to shower with him.
Next: A former intern of Rose’s made this allegation against him.
3. A former intern says Rose groped her while they were on a work trip
Corrina Collins, a former intern for PBS, says that when she was 22, she went on a trip to California with Rose. On the plane, Collins says that Rose insisted she drink wine and began to “paw” her. He also allegedly squeezed her breast on the car ride from the airport to the hotel.
Then, Collins says that Rose insisted they work in his hotel room and eventually told her, “I want you to ride me.” She says she told him no multiple times but he persisted.
Next: How Rose allegedly behaved towards two other women at a party and at work.
4. Rose reportedly forcibly kissed an employee at a party and groped a contributor on set
The next alleged incident reported in the Post occurred in 2011 when CBS and PBS employees went out to a party at a Manhattan restaurant. During this gathering, Rose allegedly forcibly kissed a CBS employee. The woman reportedly told her executive producer what happened the next morning but asked him not to share this with human resources.
Weeks later, Rose allegedly groped a paid contributor on the set of his show, whispering into her ear, “Damn, you look good on TV.”
Next: This employee says Rose sexually harassed her repeatedly while she worked for him.
5. A former employee says Rose frequently sexually harassed her
The next former employee interviewed is Katherine Brooks Harris. She was 24 and working the night shift when Rose began approaching her, taking her out to lunches at expensive restaurants and suggesting he could get her work. Those around Harris expressed concern, but she says she was ready for a new job.
Eventually, Rose did get Harris a great position at his PBS show. But shortly after she began this new job, Harris says that Rose began exhibiting inappropriate behavior, such as telling her he hired her because he likes tall women. He also allegedly made a remark about how she should have sex with another female employee. Harris says this was not the only time Rose made comments about her sleeping with this other employee.
Harris says that as recently as July 2017, at a staff gathering, Rose got drunk and tried to get her to stay with him alone in his office and watch old 60 Minutes interviews of his. She says she was uncomfortable and quickly left. Harris lost her job when Rose’s show was canceled in late 2017.
Next: Why CBS itself is now being criticized.
6. CBS reportedly received warning about Rose’s behavior at least three times
It seems that CBS was aware of Rose’s behavior long before they ultimately fired him. The Washington Post reports that there were at least three occasions over the course of 30 years when CBS managers were warned of Rose’s conduct towards female employees.
The first warning reportedly came in 1986, and the third came in 2017. In one instance, the woman who says Rose asked her to ride him in his hotel room says she told the executive producer of Rose’s show about this, but the producer said that Rose is harmless. Some other women told The Post that they never reported the incidents because they knew CBS wouldn’t do anything. CBS says that it received no human resources complaints about Rose.
In addition, by the 1990s, The Post reports that Rose’s behavior around women was well-known to the point that female employees would be warned about him. And in a new article, Reah Bravo, one of Rose’s original accusers, said that his behavior was an open secret.
Next: The lawsuit that some of these women just filed.
7. Three women are now suing Rose and CBS
Three of Rose’s accusers have now filed a lawsuit against him and CBS News itself, according to CNN. One of the plaintiffs is Katherine Brooks Harris, and another is Sydney McNeal, the female employee who Rose would allegedly make comments about Harris having sex with.
As part of this lawsuit, Harris says that when Rose would take her out to lunch, he would put “his hands on her thigh and [kiss] her cheek.” McNeal says that Rose would put his hands on her thigh and kiss her on the cheek as well. Both women mention that Rose frequently asked them about their sex lives and said they should have sex with each other.
The third plaintiff is Chelsea Wei, who says that Rose would caress her arms when she handed him papers and would also refer to her as a “China doll.” The defendants also say that CBS “allowed Mr. Rose to continue to sexually harass.”
Next: Why one current CBS producer is being named in this lawsuit.
8. The lawsuit alleges CBS This Morning producer Ryan Kadro knew about Rose’s behavior
The new lawsuit also names Ryan Kadro, the executive producer for CBS This Morning, according to CNN. The suit claims that Kadro knew that Rose had a history of sexual harassment but did not warn Harris about this when she asked him about whether she should work for Rose. Wei says she told Kadro about Rose’s behavior; Kadro claims this is not true.
In addition, Wei claims that Kadro himself behaved inappropriately towards her; the suit says that in 2017, Kadro “approached Ms. Wei from behind, while Ms. Wei was seated at her desk and as an act of sexual harassment, kicked and shoved Ms. Wei’s chair with substantial force, startling, intimidating and scaring Ms. Wei.” Wei says she filed a complaint against Kadro with CBS human resources but that the network took no action.
Finally, the plaintiffs say they experienced “subsequent unlawful retaliation” after making their allegations. Wei, for instance, says she was removed from her position as an anchor assistant after filing a complaint with human resources, according to The Washington Post.
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