Charlie Rose was taken off air over sexual assault claims as eight women came forward with claims of how he sexually harrased and groped them.
The accusation made Charlie Rose the latest series of prominent figure in media, entertainment and politics to be accused of trying to use his role to strike up sexual relationships with women in lower positions.
CBS This Morning and PBS, – the two networks Charlie Rose works with -suspended him as they learnt of the deeply disturbing allegations against him.
Charlie Rose ‘s alleged sexual misconduct includes groping their breast, buttocks and genitals without their consent, lewd telephone calls and walking around naked in their presence without warning.
Of the eight women who were sexually assaulted, five spike on condition of anonymity in fear of repercussions. These women were between the ages of 21 and 37.
One of the women, Kyle Godfrey-Ryan claims that Charlie Rose walked around naked in front of her in his home. This made her really uncomfortable.
Another, Megan Crydt, who worked as a coordinator said Rose grabbed her thigh during a car ride and vowed never to get into a car with him again.
Rose didn’t deny this allegations and apologizes for his behavior. In his statement, he said:
“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked.”
“Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues. 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 pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to profound new respect for women and their lives,”
Rose had no children.
The 75-year-old is considered a broadcasting legend and had interviewed everyone from Steve Jobs to Barack Obama. Time Magazine named him as one of its 100 most influential people in 2014.
Who knows? More could probably come out with more sexual allegations against him.