CBS was warned about Charlie Rose sexual misconduct

Bessie Dean
May 5, 2018

"I don't know what more we can do to Charlie Rose, except a public flogging", King said melodramatically.

According to The Washington Post, 14 of the 27 victims were CBS employees, while the remaining 13 have worked with Rose in some other capacity.

The latest allegations follow at least 12 other women accusing Rose, who was sacked from his "CBS This Morning" gig in November, of harassing or groping them. Just recently, a whole new crop of women, 27 to be exact, have come forward with similar allegations pinned against the disgraced newsman.

The women say he engaged in a variety of harassing behaviors, from comments to unwanted advances to sexual touching.

Former CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who hired Rose for multiple jobs at the network over the years, told the Post he had no inkling about the allegations against his former colleague.

The most recent incident was reported in early 2017, and the oldest dated back to 1986, according to the paper.

The allegations against Rose include groping, lewd phone calls, and appearing nude in front of women without their consent.

The Post said Rose, 76, told the newspaper in an email that its story was inaccurate and unfair. Collins contends that Vega, who did not respond to a request for comment from the Post, shrugged off the episode. "I don't know what to say about this". At least twice, she said, he would ask her to come into the bathroom while he was showering. The women accused CBS of knowingly tolerating an environment of sexual harassment by executive producer John Huddy and unidentified other employees.

However, The Washington Post reported that a manager was told of Rose's conduct at the earliest after an incident in 1986, where Rose badgered a news clerk about how often she had sex and if she enjoyed it.

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The latest report was the culmination of more than 100 interviews conducted over a five-month period with former and current CBS employees and dozens of others who worked with the host in various capacities for other networks. Rose squeezed her breast during the vehicle ride from the airport, Collins said.

Parr said she reported Rose's comments to her boss - a senior producer whom she declined to name - and said she didn't want to be alone with Rose. He later squeezed her breast during the auto ride from the airport. She said no and left his room.

"We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us", the network said.

Rose was only disgraced and fired from both CBS and PBS after the Washington Post detailed a litany of allegations in a report late a year ago. CBS said it had no human resources complaints about Rose.

"It was a sexual land mine everywhere you stepped", Homan-Ross, now 61, said of working at Nightwatch in D.C. The lawsuit was settled confidentially in 1987.

Rumors about the Post's investigation have been roiling CBS News for months.

"When the story first broke I said Charlie was my friend, and I still consider him a friend".

"That said, we can not corroborate or confirm numerous situations described", the statement continued. "We are not done with this process".

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