“CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose is the latest male celebrity to be hit with allegations of sexual harassment, with eight women coming forward to detail their shocking claims in a bombshell story in the Washington Post.
While five of the women spoke on the condition of anonymity (due to their “fear of Rose’s stature in the industry, his power over their careers or what they described as his volatile temper”), three others went on the record, with the ages of the women ranging from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged incidents.
The women’s allegations share similarities, reports the Post, with accusations including “sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.”
One of the on-the-record accusers is Reah Bravo, who worked as an intern and associate producer on Rose’s PBS interview show, and claims Rose made unwanted sexual advances while she was working for him at his waterfront home in Bellport, New York, as well as while they were together in cars, on a private jet and in a hotel suite. “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim,” she told the Post.
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan also went on the record, having worked as Rose’s assistant in the mid-2000s when she was 21, alleging that Rose walked naked in front of her on more than a dozen separate occasions while she worked at one of his homes in New York City. In addition, she claims that Rose telephoned her “multiple times” late at night or early in the morning “to describe fantasies of her swimming nude in his pool while he watched from his bedroom.”
“It feels branded into me, the details of it,” Godfrey-Ryan said of Rose’s alleged harassment.
She claims that she went to Rose’s longtime executive producer, Yvette Vega, to discuss Rose’s line-crossing behaviour. According to Godfrey-Ryan, Vega responded: “That’s just Charlie being Charlie.” She claims that Rose fired her shortly afterward.
Confronted with the women’s allegations, Vega told the Post she “should have stood up for them,” adding: “I deeply regret not helping them.”
In response to the claims, Rose, 75, issued a statement to the Post in which he apologizes to the women but questions the accuracy of some of the allegations.
“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. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behaviour toward some former female colleagues,” Rose said in his statement.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behaviour. 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,” he added.
“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too,” he concluded. “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.”
Following publication of the Post‘s story, reports The Hollywood Reporter, Rose has been suspended by CBS, PBS and Bloomberg.
“Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter,” reads a statement from CBS. “These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously.”
“PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations,” reads a statement issued by PBS. “We are immediately suspending distribution of ‘Charlie Rose. ‘ … 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.”
Bloomberg, which also employs Rose, also issued a statement: “We are deeply disturbed to learn of these allegations and are immediately suspending the show from airing on Bloomberg TV.”