Reporter and TV personality Charlie Rose is now facing accusations from eight women who claim he had sexually harassed them. PBS has suspended Rose in the wake of these allegations.
According to The Washington Post, Charlie Rose has been accused of a bevy of inappropriate behaviors, including unwanted sexual advances, lewd phone calls, exhibitionistic exposure and nonconsensual groping. The incidents occurred between the late 1990s and 2011. The stories of the women coming forward bear striking resemblances. Five of the eight accusers have chosen to remain anonymous.
“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were,” said former intern and associate producer Reah Bravo. “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
Rose has offered the following statement on the matter: “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 the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
Only a few hours after the story of the accusations broke, PBS suspended production of Charlie Rose's eponymous show.
“There wasn’t anybody to report this to if you felt uncomfortable,” said one of the victims of working on "Charlie Rose," a program with only 15 staff members.
“There are so few jobs,” added another one of the women. “You know if you don’t behave a certain way, there’s someone else behind you.”
Rumors of Rose's illicit behavior had circulated as gossip for years before leading up to these more formal accusations. On-screen, it seems like Rose and his co-hosts have even joked about it.
“Everybody is terrified of him,” said another accuser. “He creates this environment of constant fear. And then he’ll shine a spotlight on you and make you feel amazing.”
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