Eight women have come forward to accuse longtime CBS and PBS star Charlie Rose of a pattern of lewd sexual misconduct incidents, prompting both networks to suspend Rose after he confessed to some of the claims.
Rose, who was the co-host of “CBS This Morning” and star of “Charlie Rose” on PBS, was accused by a bevy of women who either worked for him or aspired to work on his show, the Washington Post reported. The allegations span from the late 1990s to 2011 and involved women who were everywhere from 21 to 37 years old at the time.
Reah Bravo, one of the three accusers to speak on record, was hired as an intern and associate producer on “Charlie Rose” in 2007. She claims that Rose, 75, made unwanted sexual advances at his private residence, in hotel rooms, and inside cars and private planes.
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, who was once one of Rose’s assistants, claims that Rose walked nude in front of her at least a dozen times while she worked at one of his New York City homes. He also called her late at night to openly fantasize about her swimming naked while he watched. She was 21 at the time.
Megan Creydt, a “Charlie Rose” coordinator from 2005 to 2006, described a particularly upsetting encounter with Rose.
“It was quite early in working there that he put his hand on my mid-thigh,” she said. He was driving; she was in the passenger seat.
“I don’t think I said anything. I tensed up. I didn’t move his hand off, but I pulled my legs to the other side of the car. I tried not to get in a car with him ever again. I think he was testing me out.”
In a statement, Rose claimed that he was an “advocate” for his female colleagues’ careers throughout his 45 years in journalism.
“Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues,” he said.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize 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 now I realize I was mistaken.”