CBS host Charlie Rose responds to bombshell sexual misconduct allegations

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The Washington Post has struck again, releasing another bombshell report of sexual misconduct allegations – this time against longtime television host Charlie Rose, who works for both CBS and PBS.

Rose, 75, is the co-host of CBS This Morning, and host of “Charlie Rose Show.”

In an exclusive report just released Monday evening, the Washington Post revealed that eight women have accused Rose of unsolicited sexual advances toward them, including “lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.”

The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the “Charlie Rose” show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters. 

CBS has suspended Rose after the report came out, and PBS and Bloomberg LP has stated that it is “immediately halting distribution” of Rose’s program.

The Post stated they have interviewed each of the women, as well as their friends, colleagues or family members. Five of the women wanted to remain anonymous, out of fear of Rose, his “volatile temper,” and his power over their careers.

Later Monday evening, Rose posted the following statement on Twitter:

“In my 45 years of 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 the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”

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