Charlie Rose suspended: CBS anchor is accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by former 8 female workers, with Rose saying, ‘I’m greatly embarrassed’.
Exalted CBS frontman, Charlie Rose, 75, has been suspended from the airwaves after eight former female workers accused him making unwanted sexual advances according to an expose published by The Washington Post.
A sundry of claims against Rose include the CBS news anchor and TV host of his own TV show, ‘The Charlie Rose show’, groping their breasts, buttocks and genitals without their consent, making lewd telephone calls, along with walk around naked in their presence.
The women who have come forward were all between the ages of 21 and 37 at the time of the alleged misconduct and working for the legendary television host.
Two former employees said that the young female assistants and producers Rose would constantly surround himself with were known as ‘Charlie’s Angels.’
Three of the women who came forward agreed to use their names while the other five accusers claiming sexual harassment, who spoke on the record asked that their identities not be revealed for fear of possible repercussions. Named in the Washington Post report were; Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, Megan Crydt and Reah Bravo.
Responding to the expose, Rose did not deny all of the allegations being made by the women but said that he did not believe all of his accusers were ‘accurate’ in heir description of his offenses.
My statement in full. pic.twitter.com/3kvFrqF2dT
— Charlie Rose (@charlierose) November 20, 2017
Read a statement issued by Rose in part, ‘It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed,’
Adding, ‘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.’
The backlash was swift for Rose, with PBS and Bloomberg announcing they would no longer air his eponymous talk show within an hour of the Post’s story being released on Monday with CBS suspending the host.
The suspension of Rose is the latest in an ever expanding list of powerful and influential men facing allegations of sexual misconduct on a regular basis since disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual predator courtesy of The New York Times and New Yorker earlier this year.
High-profile media members such as Glenn Thrush and Mark Halperin have joined celebrities such as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and a handful of politicians accused of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.
One of the three women publicly identified was Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, who detailed her time working as Rose’s assistant a decade ago in New York City.
She claims that Rose walked around naked in front of her at least a dozen times while the two were working from his home.
Godfrey-Ryan also alleged that Rose would call her late at night or early in the morning to describe his fantasies of seeing her swim naked in his pool.
She was later fired by Rose she claims when he learned that she had shared details of his behavior with a friend.
That move came shortly after Godfrey-Ryan said she approached Rose’s longtime producer Yvette Vega about the calls.
‘That’s just Charlie being Charlie,’ was Vega’s alleged response at the time.
Also coming forward was Harvard graduate Megan Crydt who joined the team as a coordinator, working from 2005 to 2006 with Rose.
She found herself at the receiving end of an unwanted sexual advance while riding with Rose in his Mini Cooper, claiming that the host put his hand on her thigh as he was driving through the city.
Her boyfriend confirmed the story, saying Crydt had told him at the time.
‘I don’t think I said anything,’ said Crydt.
‘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.’
Two former interns are among the accusers who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
One, who worked for Rose in the early 90s, said she was summoned to work the desk at his New York home, where he would shower and use the bathroom with the door open.
She claims that at one point he turned on the shower and immediately began calling her name.
When she refused to respond, Rose is alleged to have appeared standing over her in the nude, wearing nothing but a towel.
An intern working for Rose 10 years later claimed that he groped her breasts while also trying to get her to spend the night at his well to do Bellport home on Long Island.
She claims to have refused that offer multiple times.
Her now-husband backed up these allegations by stating he had been told about the incidents at the time when the two were dating.
This conduct continued for so long despite the staff numbering approximately 15 people ever since the show began in 1991 because of Rose’s pull said that intern.
Told the woman, ‘Everybody is terrified of him,’
‘He creates this environment of constant fear. And then he’ll shine a spotlight on you and make you feel amazing.’
The most recent encounter occurred in 2010 at the Bellport home of Rose.
A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that she had agreed to meet him there in 2010 to discuss a job.
Upon arriving at the home, Rose appeared in ‘an untethered robe’ and allegedly tried sticking his hand down the front of her pants.
She went on to state that she spent the rest of the interview weeping as she sat in Rose’s multi-million dollar home.
Charlie Rose sexual harassment: Former intern Reah Bravo speaks out.
Reah Bravo was also an intern when she worked for Rose back in 2007, with the 29-year-old student at Columbia in graduate school for international relations at the time.
She was broke at the time and while the internship with Charlie Rose Inc was unpaid, it had long been a dream of hers to work for the show she told the Post.
At one point she received an email from Rose offering to pay her to do some work at his Bellport home.
‘Here is the deal: I’ll pay you $2,500 for the week plus all expenses for food, movies etc.,’ wrote Rose.
‘You will be there from Monday August 13-Friday afternoon, August 17. Your primary responsibilities are to organize and catalogue all my books and tapes and files … It will help me a lot, be fun for you, and you will have a car all the time for whatever you need to do.’
Things were going fine until the night Rose returned to the house drunk and asked Bravo to have a glass of wine with him and walk out to his dock.
She described what happened next as ‘reckless’ and reflective of her boss’ ‘poor judgment,’ claiming he came up behind her and put wrapped his arms around the woman who was almost 50 years his junior.
‘It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were,” she told The Post. ‘He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.’ -Reah Bravo, former PBS producer for Charlie Rose.
— Shannon Barbour (@ShannonBForever) November 20, 2017
Charlie Rose producer,Yvette Vega: ‘I should have stood up for them,’
Bravo did not think of him as a predator at that time though, claiming a tearful speech about how lonely he was and had managed to impact her judgment despite the fact that she found the display unconvincing at the time.
On her next trip to Bellport she caught a glimpse of Rose naked as he took an outdoor shower, claiming she quickly averted her eyes.
Rose later asked if she had seen him in the shower, and when she said she had not seemed disappointed according to Bravo.
There were more trips to Bellport and later a trip to Aspen, during which time she wrote a letter to Vega.
‘On a personal note, I know working for Charlie requires one to embrace his uniqueness and develop a professional relationship that can account for it,‘ wrote Vega.
Adding, ‘It’s taken a couple straight forward conversations between the two of us, but I feel I’m in a better place than previously. And that’s not to say that I was previously in a really bad place!’
Vega responded by assuring her that she had seen and heard everything possible over the years working with Rose and that anything she divulged to her would be in ‘confidence.’
Bravo began working more and more with Rose, and said that he would grope her in cars and grabbed her face in a way that forced her to look at him as he spoke.
The most alarming incident occurred in 2008 during a trip on a private plane claims Bravo, who said that shortly after Rose asked her to put in a DVD on Algeria for the two to watch he got up and pressed his body on hers.
Told the woman, ‘I felt at a loss. I mean, what am I going to do? We were how many feet up in the air?’
After the ‘animalistic’ move Bravo said she felt ‘immense shame’ for not trying to fight him off.
Bravo eventually moved on, with the woman saying she can see that Rose had a very clear pattern in how he tried to lure in young women.
Told Bravo, ‘He most definitely said, on numerous occasions, “I’ve never forced you to do something you didn’t want to do,”
‘He would say this forcefully and wait for my confirmation after he said this. I remember once wondering if I was being recorded.’
Vega’s presence seemed reassuring according to the women, two of whom said they spoke with the producer about his alleged misconduct.
‘I should have stood up for them,’ said Vega.
‘I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them.’
I can’t wait until tomorrow. Who will be the next Liberal news anchor or actor/entertainer to be exposed for their twisted sexual transgressions ?
CBS, PBS star Charlie Rose suspended after sexual misconduct claim: ‘I am greatly embarrassed’https://t.co/kkZoI0T2ZV
— Dash Riprock (@PhilMcCrackin44) November 21, 2017
Charlie Rose suspended: We are deeply disturbed ring immediate chorus from media outlets.
Responding to the sexual misconduct allegations, PBS released a statement saying: ‘PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations. We are immediately suspending distribution of Charlie Rose.’
Bloomberg released a statement as well, saying: ‘We are deeply disturbed to learn of these allegations and are immediately suspending the show from airing on Bloomberg TV.’
The women who the Post spoke with all worked for Rose, and none were employed by PBS, CBS and Bloomberg at the time.
All three media companies said that they had no records showing Rose had ever been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting a fellow employee previously.
HYPOCRISY: #CharlieRose is only embarrassed because HE WAS CAUGHT!
— AMERICA WITH TRUMP (@Read_my_note) November 21, 2017