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Charlie Rose Suspended After 8 Women Allege Harassment

Charlie Rose Suspended After 8 Women Allege Harassment
Veteran TV host Charlie Rose (Stephen Chernin/AP)

By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 06:06 PM

Eight women allege veteran TV host Charlie Rose sexually harassed them with misconduct including lewd calls, walking around naked in their presence or groping them, The Washington Post reported Monday, and PBS and CBS News have subsequently suspended him.

According to the Post, the women were either employees or wanted to work 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. Rose, 75, whose show airs on PBS, also co-hosts "CBS This Morning" and is a contributing correspondent for "60 Minutes."

PBS and CBS News said they had suspended Rose from his duties with them, while Bloomberg, which runs his "Charlie Rose" in the evening, said it would keep the program off of its network for the foreseeable future, Variety reported.

Three of the women spoke on the record, five spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Post reported.

In a statement to the Post, Rose said "I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior," and he was "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," his statement continued. "I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."

The three women who spoke on the record were:

  • Reah Bravo, who was an intern and then associate producer for Rose's PBS show beginning in 2007, charged Rose made unwanted sexual advances at his private waterfront estate in Bellport, N.Y., as well as in cars, a hotel suite and a private plane, the Post reported.

"Remaining silent allowed me to continue denying what had occurred," she told the Post.

  • Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, one of Rose's assistants in the mid-2000s, said she recalled at least a dozen instances where Rose allegedly walked nude in front of her while she worked in one of his New York City homes — and repeatedly called the then-21-year-old late at night or early in the morning to talk dirty to her.

"It feels branded into me, the details of it," Godfrey-Ryan said.

  • Megan Creydt, who worked as a coordinator on the show from 2005 to 2006, charged Rose came onto her "quite early in working there," putting "his hand on my mid-thigh."

"I don't think I said anything," she said. "I tensed up. I didn't move his hand off, but I pulled my legs to the other side of the car. I tried not to get in a car with him ever again. I think he was testing me out."

According to the Post, Godfrey-Ryan said she told Yvette Vega, Rose's longtime executive producer, about the dirty phone calls.

"I explained how he inappropriately spoke to me during those times," Godfrey-Ryan said. "She would just shrug and just say, 'That's just Charlie being Charlie.'"

In a statement to rhe Post, Vega said she should have done more to protect the young women.

"I should have stood up for them," she told the Post. "I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them."

The Post, citing two former staffers, reported the young women who were hired by the show were sometimes known as "Charlie's Angels." Rose frequently gave unsolicited shoulder rubs to several of them — behavior referred to by some workers as "the crusty paw," one former unnamed worker said, the Post reported.

Representatives from PBS, CBS, and Bloomberg said they have no records of sexual harassment complaints about Rose.

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The Washington Post reported Monday that veteran TV host Charlie Rose allegedly sexually harassed eight women with lewd calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping them, the women told the paper.
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