Another day, another powerful man being accused of sexual harassment and assault. This time it's legendary journalist Charlie Rose, who has his own show on Bloomberg TV, and also hosts CBS This Morning and contributes to 60 Minutes. Several former co-workers have come forward to share their appalling stories of wildly inappropriate interactions with Charlie with The Washington Post.
Eight women said Charlie did things like touch their genitals and buttocks, took off his clothes in front of them, and made disgusting phone calls. Three spoke out on the record, while the other five were too scared of his explosive temper. All of the stories were corroborated by friends and family. “It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were,” said former intern Reah Bravo while describing his actions in 2007. “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
My statement in full. pic.twitter.com/3kvFrqF2dT
— Charlie Rose (@charlierose) November 20, 2017
Former assistant Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, said that when she was 21, Charlie would call her to describe sexual fantasies or get naked while she was working in his home. Charlie quickly apologized, but also made it sound like he didn't think he did anything wrong.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior," he said. "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 I now realize I was mistaken. I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
Charlie also said that he “prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked." Charlie was quickly suspended from Bloomberg TV while they investigate the claims.