Eight women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against TV legend Charlie Rose, three of the eight on the record, according to a report in The Washington Post.
The allegations include lewd calls, groping and nudity, according to the report:
“Five described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh, in what they perceived as a test to gauge their reactions. Two said that while they were working for Rose at his residences or were traveling with him on business, he emerged from the shower and walked naked in front of them. One said he groped her buttocks at a staff party.”
A 21-year-old intern named Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, who was one of his assistants in the mid-2000s, told WaPo that there were at least a dozen times when Rose walked in front of her naked while she worked in one of his New York City homes. She also told The Post that Rose repeatedly called her late at night or early in the mornings to tell her about his fantasies about her swimming naked in his Belport pool as he watched from his bedroom.
In a statement to The Post, Rose said that he deeply apologized “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.”
A spokesman for Bloomberg said that the company decided to pull The Charlie Rose Show tonight, November 20, and future showings.
“We are deeply disturbed to learn of these allegations and are immediately suspending the show from airing on Bloomberg TV,” according to a statement.
PBS is also “immediately suspending” the distribution of Rose’s show, a spokesperson said.
PBS said in its statement: “‘Charlie Rose’ is produced by Charlie Rose, Inc., an independent television production company. PBS does not fund this nightly program or supervise its production, but we expect our producers to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”