8 women accuse Charlie Rose of Weinstein-style sexual harassment and his response is jawdropping

DCNFRobert Donachie, DCNF

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Eight women have come forward alleging CBS television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances towards them, The Washington Post reports.

All of the women, ranging from 21 to 37-years-old at the time of the incidents, were either employees of, or wanted to work for, Charlie Rose on his television show from the late 1990s to 2011. The women report a number advances, including: sexually explicit phone calls, Rose walking around naked while they were in the room, and unsolicited sexual contact, like groping their breasts or genitals.

Five of the women say the longtime television figure would reportedly put his hand on their upper thighs to see how they reacted. Two of the women report Rose walking out of his shower at his homes naked and walk around in front of them.

Rose did not try to deny the allegations, and apologized to the women and the public in general.

“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,” Rose told The Post. “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,” Rose 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.”

He added:

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.

The claims against Rose come on the heels of reports of a number of influential politicians, political candidates and Hollywood executives participating in unwanted sexual advances and behavior.

Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and Harvey Weinstein have all been accused of sexual misconduct and unwanted sexual advances.

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