Veteran journalist Charlie Rose fired over sexual harassment

Posted November 23, 2017

Charlie Rose attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in NY.

They complained that the unwanted advances included lewd phone calls, groping and walking naked in front of them.

Rose issued an apology on Monday and said he had always felt he was "pursuing shared feelings", but now realises he was mistaken. "But I also think we're not shy about reporting it". Rose, 75, however, also questioned the accuracy of the allegations in the Washington Post.

CBS, where Rose co-hosts "CBS This Morning" and is a contributing correspondent for "60 Minutes", followed suit.

"Do you want to say anything to those accusers, the people that's accusing you of all these wrongdoings?" the cameraman asked.

In his response, Rose said he was "greatly embarrassed" by the allegations, and considers himself "an advocate for the careers of the women" he's worked with. I don't like that, that's hard.' And then I think about what these women were going through... I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that.

"Monday, your world is one way, and in 24 hours, Charlie has been suspended and then he has been fired".

"I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too", Rose said in his statement.

The five women who spoke to The Post on condition of anonymity did so over fears of Rose's stature in the media industry.

It was 2002, and Sarah Gordon, then an intern for Rose's show, went to his apartment to bring him his mail, according to NBC News. CBS president David Rhodes released a statement acknowledging the hard work that Rose has put in over the years, but going on to state that this still in no way excuses the kind of behavior that Rose is accused of engaging in. "There's concern. I'll tell you what I am is raw".

The women ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged incidents, according to The Post.

That internal probe uncovered three CBS employees who also allege Rose sexually harassed them, two of whom provided details for the report.

Rose's show was produced by independent television production company Charlie Rose Inc., aired on PBS and was filmed at Bloomberg headquarters. Referring to King's coverage of the allegations on yesterday's episode of CBS This Morning, Colbert said, "It couldn't have been easy".

"I failed", said Vega, 52, who has worked with Rose since the show was created in 1991.

"How do you wrap your brain around that?" she said. "It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them".