NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/CBS News) – Twenty-seven additional women are now accusing former “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The report alleges that CBS management was warned about Rose’s alleged behavior on three separate occasions over the years, including as far back as 1986. Thursday morning, after a five month investigation with more than 100 people interviewed, the Post published its report.
CBS fired Rose in November. His program on PBS was cancelled after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.
The accusers include 14 CBS News employees and 13 women who worked with him at other jobs. The report details allegations of groping, exposing himself, and lewd comments. The incidents date to 1976 when Rose worked in NBC’s Washington bureau. A research assistant said Rose exposed himself to her. .
The complaints continued as recently as last April when Rose was co-host of CBS This Morning.
In a statement, Rose responded to the new allegations in the Post’s story: “Your story is unfair and inaccurate.”
In a statement, CBS News President David Rhodes said: “Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work. Some of the actions we have taken have been reported publicly, some have not. We offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take swift action when we learn of unacceptable behavior. That said, we cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described. We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us. We are not done with this process.”
The Post talked to, or attempted to talk to, current and former executives who worked with Rose about specific complaints, including 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, where Rose had been a contributor since 1998. Chris Licht, Rose’s first executive producer of CBS This Morning, Ryan Kadro, the executive producer of the show, and Yvette Vega, the longtime producer of Rose’s PBS show.
Former CBS This Morning employee Brooks Harris left to work at Rose’s PBS show where she says she experienced a number of unwanted sexual advances and comments. She claims she was encouraged to take the job by CBS This Morning executive producer Ryan Kadro. The Post says Kadro’s former assistant allegedly reported concerns to Kadro about Rose’s behavior. Kadro denied being warned about inappropriate behavior and says he did not encourage her to take the job with Rose.
“I hav a very bad case of deja vu, I have to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I don’t know what to say about this,” said Gayle King, who co-hosted CBS This Morning with Rose. “When the story first broke, I said Charlie was my friend. I still consider him a friend, I know that’s probably not the politically correct thing to say at this moment, but I don’t believe in abandoning friends when they’re down. That said, this is very troubling, very disturbing and you can’t discount what these women are saying.”
“I don’t know what more we can do with Charlie Rose except a public flogging. He’s gone. He’s not coming back to CBS News,” she added.