Charlie Rose Accused Of Sexual Harassment By 27 More Women — And At Least Three CBS Managers Were Warned Of His Behavior: Report

By Nicole Bitette New York Daily News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Another 27 women have accused Charlie Rose of sexual harassment.

New York Daily News

Charlie Rose's alleged sexually inappropriate behavior was far more widespread than previously reported, and at least three CBS managers were notified of his conduct but it was never reported to HR, according to the Washington Post.

At least 27 additional women have accused Rose of sexual harassment spanning decades, from as early as 1976 until April 2017, both at CBS and elsewhere.

Of the women, 14 were CBS News employees and 13 were from other places of work.

Rose responded to the new allegations with a one-sentence email to the Post: "Your story is unfair and inaccurate." CBS News issued a statement Wednesday ahead of the story being published.

"Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we've worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work," the statement to the Post reads. "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.

CBS News alleges that it had no HR complaints about Rose _ and that it could not "corroborate or confirm" many of the situations described in the report.

Thursday's report comes after eight women accused the TV personality of inappropriate behavior in November while working with him at PBS, where he hosted the "Charlie Rose" program.

After the Washington Post published its initial story, Rose's namesake PBS program was canceled and he was fired from CBS News, where he hosted "CBS This Morning."

The latest report was the culmination of more than 100 interviews conducted over a five-month period with former and current CBS employees and dozens of others who worked with the host in various capacities for other networks.

One of the earliest accusations that came to light stemmed from 1976, when a former research assistant, Joana Matthias, now 63, for NBC News' Washington bureau said he exposed his penis and touched her breasts.

Former co-workers of Rose's at "60 Minutes" claimed they feared reporting the harassment because they felt the network was protecting its male powerhouses.

CBS said it received no complaints to HR about Rose and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and CBS News resident David Rhodes both said they had no knowledge of any allegations until the November story published by The Washington Post.

However, The Washington Post reported that a manager was told of Rose's conduct at the earliest after an incident in 1986, where Rose badgered a news clerk about how often she had sex and if she enjoyed it.

That year, seven women sued CBS for an "offensive and hostile" environment for female employees, naming executive producer John Huddy. Rose was not mentioned in the suit though he was the Washington co-anchor at the time.

Years later in 1990, Susan MacArthur was interviewing to be Rose's assistant and was warned by a CBS News executive to "steer clear" of the host because of a history of "questionable behavior," she told The Post.

His behavior was again flagged to a supervisor in 2011, after he allegedly forcibly kissed a "CBS This Morning" employee at a holiday gathering at the Spotted Pig in Manhattan. Executive producer Chris Licht was informed, but the woman had asked him not to go to human resources. Licht confirmed that he was told and didn't go to HR with respect to the employee, according to The Post.

Spotted Pig is the same restaurant co-owned by Mario Batali where he reportedly had a room nicknamed the "rape room" where the chef groped unconscious women.

The most recent example of a CBS manager being alerted to Rose's behavior was in early 2017 when Brooke Harris, then 24, was reassigned to work in the studio during morning hours, at which point she claims Rose approached her and then began taking her to expensive restaurants during lunch and touted opportunities at "60 Minutes" and PBS.

She was eventually offered a job by Rose for his PBS show making $20,000 more than she was making at CBS.

At PBS, his behavior became increasingly uncomfortable, Harris claims, alleging he demanded she come to his apartment one evening and then became drunk and asked her to sit at his desk to watching footage of his past interviews, according to the Washington Post.

Harris and two other women are being represented by attorney Ken Goldberg, who sent a letter to Rose and CBS about the allegations this past February.

The women plan to sue in the coming days, according to The Post.

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