UPDATED with CBS News statement: Charlie Rose engaging in a lot more “sexual misconduct” than previously reported, Washington Post said this morning, finally publishing its long-awaited article on the topic.
An additional 27 women, including 14 CBS News employees, said Charlie Rose sexually harassed them according to the report. More than 100 current and former CBS News employees were interviewed for the story, which claims Rose’s behavior had been flagged to CBS execs as early as 1986 and as recently as April 2017.
Last November, WaPo broke the story that led to Rose being sacked by PBS and by CBS News. In that report, eight women told the newspaper the longtime television 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.” Those women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the Charlie Rose show, seen on PBS and Bloomberg TV, from the late 90’s to 2011.
The new WaPo report goes back as far as 1976, citing a former research assistant who claims Rose exposed his penis and touched her breasts in NBC News Washington bureau, where Rose worked at that time. It also includes more claims of harassment from as recently as 2017, at CBS This Morning.
CBS News said in a statement it “cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described,” while insisting that “since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work.”
CBS News added, “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.”
Today’s report presumably drives a stake in that report from Tina Brown that someone had approached her about producing a show in which Rose would interview other men whose careers have been derailed due to credible claims they sexually harassed women.
Brown made the remark at a recent lunch in Manhattan, NY Post had reported, at which she was featured speaker. Brown has said she turned it down, and that she could not remember who was going to produce the show, which she suggested might have been for Netflix, though she may have been using the name generically to mean “digital.” Netflix sources assured Deadline they had not been pitched the show, would not be interested in any such project and, further, that no one on any of their development teams had ever never heard of such a project being developed elsewhere.
CBS News told WaPo its HR department received no complaints about Rose. “Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work,” CBS told the WaPo in a statement.
WaPo reported Rose responded to the new report via email, saying, “Your story is unfair and inaccurate.”