On Monday, Rose was suspended by the network after eight women came forward in an article published by The Washington Post alleging that the 75-year-old newsman sexually harassed and/or assaulted them when they were working on his PBS interview show, which has also been put on hold. Rose is accused by the women who have come forward of unwanted sexual advances — including groping, lewd phone calls and nudity — in a number of incidents from the late 1990s to as recently as 2010.
Five women spoke on condition of anonymity to the Post, while three came forward on the record: Rose’s former assistant Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, former Charlie Rose show coordinator Megan Creydt and former intern Reah Bravo.
Bravo alleges that Rose repeatedly made unwanted sexual advances while she worked for him at his Bellport, New York, estate, as well as in cars, in a hotel room and on a private plane. Godfrey-Ryan alleges that Rose would walk in front of her naked while she worked as his assistant in his home. The then-21-year-old goes on to allege that Rose would call her at late hours to relay his fantasies of her swimming naked in his pool. Godfrey-Ryan also claims that Rose fired her after learning she’d confided in a mutual friend about his alleged conduct. As for Creydt, she claims that Rose groped her while she worked on the show, from 2005-2006.
“Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter,” CBS told ET in their initial statement Monday. “These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously.”
“PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations,” PBS told ET. “We are immediately suspending distribution of Charlie Rose.”
On Tuesday, CBS This Morning co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against their now-former colleague. King admitted that she was “still trying to process” the news, calling the allegations against Rose “deeply disturbing, troubling and painful” to read.
“I really am still reeling. I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night,” she told viewers. “Oprah [Winfrey] called me and said, ‘Are you OK?’ I am not OK.”
“I really applaud the women that speak up despite the friendship,” she added. “[Rose] doesn’t get a pass because I can’t stop thinking about the anguish of these women. What happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened maybe even to their careers.”
O’Donnell, 43, responded similarly.
“Let me be very clear: there is no excuse for this alleged behavior,” she said. “This I know is true: women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility.”
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