Charlie Rose, a TV-news veteran whose PBS interviews have made him a legend in the business and who has helped propel CBS’ morning programming to new heights, has been accused of sexually harassing eight women in a new Washington Post report.
In a detailed article, the Post interviewed three of Rose’s accusers on the record. Some of the women worked as junior-level producers for his PBS program. Some of the accounts allege Rose would travel with some of the women or invite them to work at his house, and then try to lure them to see him while he showered or otherwise approach them in a sexual manner.
“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,” Rose said in a statement that was provided to the Washington Post. “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,” Rose added. “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.”
A PBS spokesperson could not be reached for immediate comment. A spokeswoman for CBS News was not able to offer an immediate comment.
Rose is a key part of the anchor team at “CBS This Morning,” which has helped CBS make its first real inroads in TV’s scorched-earth morning-news wars for the first time in decades. The program relies on interplay between Rose and co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell who discuss the pressing issues of the day with less focus on some of the frivolous elements found on rival morning programs like ABC’s “Good Morning America” or NBC’s “Today.”
More to come…