SOURCE: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
WASHINGTON — CBS News has suspended Charlie Rose and PBS said it would to halt production and distribution of his show following sexual harassment reports first published by the Washington Post.
Eight women came forward with sexual harassment claims that were published by the Post Monday.
According to the women, the CBS This Morning and PBS show host made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
The Washington Post reported the women were employees or aspired to work for Rose, 75, at the “Charlie Rose” show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. According to the newspaper, they ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters.
“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 said in a statement provided to 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. 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 Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously,” CBS News said in a statement.
“PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations,” the network said in a statement. “We are immediately suspending distribution of ‘Charlie Rose.'”