CBS News Fires Charlie Rose After Sexual Misconduct Allegations


Eight women accused Rose of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, The Washington Post reported on Monday, the latest in a wave of sexual harassment allegations against prominent men in the entertainment and media industries and American politics.

Their allegations of Rose's groping, lewd phone calls and his walking around naked in their presence are laid out in a lengthy article published Monday.

"By the time he touched me the first time, he was already very angry", she told the Post. "This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program", the memo states.

Megyn Kelly's TODAY hour has increasingly focused on conversations around sexual misconduct, and on Tuesday morning, the new host opened her show by recounting an encounter with a public figure who's newly in the headlines on the topic: Charlie Rose. One of the accusers claimed that Rose had groped her breasts. "That said, Charlie doesn't get a pass".

Rose has been one of three hosts of "CBS This Morning" since 2012 and is also a contributor to "60 Minutes". It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening, and I'm going to continue to do that. "Allegations Ailes denied but which I know are true because I lived it". Both PBS and CBS suspended him.

Rose interviewed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in January 2017
Image Rose interviewed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in January 2017

She also recounted cases when he would talk about how he fantasied about her swimming naked in the pool at his house as he watched, she told the newspaper.

" 'He was always professional with me, ' said Eleonore Marchand Mueller, a former assistant of Rose's who worked for him from 2003 to 2005. There are so many incredible people here, especially on this show", she said, looking over at King.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the veteran host said: "I deeply apologise for my inappropriate behavior".

Rose issued a statement to the Post that he is "greatly embarrassed". "It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them".

"I think that we have to make this matter to woman - the woman that have spoken up, the women who have not spoken up because they are afraid, I'm hoping that now they will take the step to speak up too and that this becomes a moment of truth", she continued. "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", he said.