AceShowbiz - Another man is added to the growing list of Hollywood figures involved in sexual harassment scandals. Longtime TV host Charlie Rose has been accused of making non-consensual sexual advances towards eight women in bombshell report.
According to The Washington Post, the women, who were employees or aspired to work for Rose at the "Charlie Rose" show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011, ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time they were sexually harassed by the "CBS This Morning" co-host. They alleged that the TV host made lewd phone calls, walked around naked in their presence as well as groped their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.
Five of the eight women went anonymous out of fear of Rose's stature in the industry. Meanwhile, the other three women are Rose's former assistant Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, former "Charlie Rose" show coordinator Megan Creydt and former intern Reah Bravo.
Bravo claimed that Rose made sexual advances on her at his private estate in Bellport, New York, in a hotel suite as well as when they traveled in cars and by private plane. "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim," she said.
Godfrey-Ryan said there were a dozen instances in which the host walked nude in front of her, adding that Rose allegedly called her and described his sexual fantasies. Meanwhile, Creydt alleged that Rose "put his hand on my mid thigh" while he drove his car through Manhattan with her sitting in the passenger seat. "I tensed up. I didn't move his hand off, but I pulled my legs to the other side of the car," Creydt opened up.
Another woman, who was later hired as an FT employee, claimed that Rose "summoned" young female employees to his NYC apartment, where he allegedly would shower with the door open.
Following the damning report, Rose has reportedly been suspended by CBS. CBS News said in a statement on Monday, November 20, "Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously."
Rose, who is also a "60 Minutes" correspondent, later issued an apology over his "inappropriate behavior." Talking to The Washington Post, Rose said, "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. 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," he added. "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," he concluded.