In light of the sexual harassment allegations against him, some recent comments by television host Charlie Rose regarding the onslaught of sexual misconduct stories in America are not aging well.
The PBS star and co-host of “CBS This Morning” has been reporting the news and interviewing people for over 45 years, and now eight women have come forward in a bombshell report in The Washington Post to identify Rose as a sexual harasser.
The allegations include groping women, walking around naked in front of them, and making lewd phone calls to them.
The accusers are either former employees or women who had aspired to work for Rose.
PBS, which has hosted “The Charlie Rose Show” since 1991, suspended the media star after the allegations came to light. “PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations. We are immediately suspending distribution of ‘Charlie Rose,'” the network said in a public statement.
CBS also suspended Rose.
Rose released his own public response to the allegations — which does not exactly inspire confidence in his innocence.
“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,” he said. “Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues … It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed.”
He continued, “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.”
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In the report from The Post, three of the eight women went on the record — and all of the women’s stories had similarities. The Post also reached out to friends and family of alleged victims who confirmed being told of the encounters with Rose when they happened.
“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were,” Reah Bravo, who was an associate producer on “The Charlie Rose Show,” told The Post. “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, a former assistant of Rose, told The Post about “at least a dozen instances where Rose walked nude in front of her while she worked in one of his New York City homes,” as the publication reported.
Godfrey-Ryan also told the paper about late or early-morning phone calls where Rose would describe fantasies he had of her swimming naked.
In light of all of this, it becomes a little chilling to look at the recent coverage Rose did of the sexual misconduct allegations rocking the entertainment, media and political worlds.
It’s disturbing to see in retrospect that Rose was trying to put himself on the right side of history in front of the camera — while having an alleged past that was just as predatory as some of the other accused men on whom he was reporting.
“Many of these [sexual misconduct] stories have societal impact in terms of changing the same way that marriage equality has societal impact,” Rose said recently during a panel discussion at The Paley Center for Media in New York, which was hosted by The Hollywood Reporter’s TV editor, Maria Guthrie. “There are certain things that happen in society that show it’s moving forward.”
His “CBS This Morning” co-hosts, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, joined him on that panel.
If the allegations against him are true, it’s now obvious Rose’s moral grandstanding was empty — and likely even part of the thrill of getting away with so much misconduct himself.