CBS News FIRES Charlie Rose Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Longtime television host Charlie Rose has been fired by CBS News following sexual miscount allegations brought forth by eight women in a Washington Post bombshell report. 

LA Times reports:

Charlie Rose’s CBS News career came to an unceremonious end Tuesday when the network fired him over allegations of sexual harassment.

Rose’s departure marks the downfall of one of television’s most venerable journalists and a major blow to CBS News, which enjoyed its greatest success ever in the morning thanks to “CBS This Morning,” which was built around Rose and his co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell in 2012.

“CBS News terminates Charlie Rose following allegations of sexual misconduct. “There is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace,” says CBS News President David Rhodes”

Rose allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with “nudity, groping and lewd calls.”

According to the Washington Post, Rose’s unwanted advances included “groping [women’s] breasts, buttocks or genital areas.”

Washington Post reports:

The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose 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.”

[…]Reah Bravo was an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007. In interviews, she described unwanted sexual advances while working for Rose at his private waterfront estate in Bellport, N.Y., and while traveling with him in cars, in a hotel suite and on a private plane. […]Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, one of Rose’s assistants in the mid-2000s, recalled at least a dozen instances where Rose walked nude in front of her while she worked in one of his New York City homes. He also repeatedly called the then-21-year-old late at night or early in the morning to describe his fantasies of her swimming naked in the Bellport pool as he watched from his bedroom, she said.

Click here to read the rest of the Washington Post’s report. 

In a statement to the Washington Post, Rose said “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 behavior toward some former female colleagues.

“These are some of the most heartbreaking parts of these stories: People driven out of professions by those in power,” noted Washington Post reporter Mark Berman.

Rumors of Rose’s alleged sexual misconduct have been circulating around the media for years, but were never reported on, in part, because of the power the television host wields. This is a common thread throughout the sexual harassment claims rocking Hollywood and Washington — powerful men preyed on women who were too terrified to speak out.

Not anymore.

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