Charlie Rose accused of sexual misconduct by 27 more women
Twenty-seven more women have accused Charlie Rose of sexual harassment, according to a report Thursday that says CBS was alerted to his alleged behavior as early as 1986 and as recently as April 2017.
The 76-year-old journalist was fired from CBS and PBS in November in light of sexual misconduct allegations from eight women.
But an additional 27 have now come forward — 14 CBS News employees and 13 others who worked with him elsewhere, according to the Washington Post, which conducted five months of interviews and spoke with more than 100 of his former colleagues.
The new allegations date back to 1976, when Rose allegedly exposed his penis to Joana Matthias, a former research assistant, and allegedly groped her breasts while working at NBC News’ Washington bureau.
“This other personality would come through, and the groping would happen,” Matthias, 63, told the newspaper.
An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment.
Ten years later, then-22-year-old CBS news clerk Annmarie Parr reported to her boss inappropriate comments Rose made to her.
“Annmarie, do you like sex? Do you enjoy it? How often do you like to have sex?” Rose allegedly asked Parr in 1986 when he was filling in as an anchor on “CBS Morning News.”
Parr told her boss, a senior producer whom she declined to name, that she didn’t want to be alone with Rose.
But he laughed off Rose’s comments, telling her, “Fine, you don’t have to be alone with him anymore.”
Sophie Gayter, now 27, worked with Rose at CBS’ “60 Minutes” and claims he touched her buttocks in 2013 as they walked down a hallway to a recording studio.
She and other women said they feared reporting his behavior to higher-ups, believing male employees’ careers were prioritized over the women’s.
“I had been there long enough to know that it was just the way things went,” said Gayter. “People said what they wanted to you, people did what they wanted to you.”
Rose denied the fresh wave of allegations.
“Your story is unfair and inaccurate,” he said in an email to the Washington Post.
CBS has said it had no human resources complaints about Rose.
“Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work,” the network said in a statement. “Some of the actions we have taken have been reported publicly, some have not. We offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take swift action when we learn of unacceptable behavior.
“That said, we cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described. We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us. We are not done with this process.”
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