Awful Details Revealed About Charlie Rose Sexual Harassment And Groping Allegations By 8 Women That Caused CBS News And PBS To Fire Him

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The alleged incidents took place from the late 1990s to 2011.

Eight women have now come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of TV host Charlie Rose and both CBS and PBS have fired him as a result

In a detailed report by The Washington Post, the women claim that the 75-year-old made unwanted sexual advances towards them through lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence and groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas. The incidents allegedly took place between the late 1990s and 2011, and the women range in age from 21 to 37. 

At least five of the women said Rose put his hand on their legs and upper thigh. Two claim they were traveling on business with Rose when he emerged from the shower and walked naked in front of them. One woman said he grabbed her butt at a staff party. 

Reah Bravo worked as an intern for Rose in 2007 and said he made multiple advances towards her at his home and while she was traveling with him. 

“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were,” she told The Post. “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”

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Another woman, Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, worked as one of Rose's assistants in the mid-2000s. She recalled at least a dozen instances where he walked rude in front of her. He also called her repeatedly at night or in the early morning hours to describe his fantasies of her swimming naked in a pool as he watched from his bedroom. She was 21 at the time. 

Godfrey-Ryan said she tried to tell the executive producer about the harassment but nothing was done. 

“I explained how he inappropriately spoke to me during those times,” Godfrey-Ryan said. “She would just shrug and just say, ‘That’s just Charlie being Charlie.’ ”

The producer Yvette Vega, apologized for not speaking up sooner. 

“I should have stood up for them,” said Vega, 52. “I failed. It is crushing. I deeply regret not helping them.”

One woman, who wished to remain anonymous described a time she was working at Rose's home and he went to the bathroom and began to take a shower with the door left open. He started calling her name, and she ignored him. Then he came out of the bathroom and stood over her. 

She turned her head and claimed he said: "Didn't you hear me calling you?"

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When word got around the office about what had happened, a male colleague of her laughed and said, "Oh, you got the shower trick." Another woman who wanted to remain anonymous also alleged that Rose once groped her breasts and stomach while she was driving him back to Manhattan. 

“Everybody is terrified of him,” said one of the women who said that Rose groped her when she was an intern. “He creates this environment of constant fear. And then he’ll shine a spotlight on you and make you feel amazing.”

Bravo also said that Rose groped her multiple times in the backseat of a car, once grabbing her by her hair and "holding a fist of it" at the base of her scalp. 

"He held it so tightly that I couldn't turn my neck in any direction," she said. "I was forced to look at him or to let him talk directly into my ear." 

Rose, whose shows air on PBS and Bloomberg TV as well as co-hosts for CBS This Morning and 60 Minutes, said in a statement that he apologized for his behavior. 

“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. 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.”

His shows have been suspended and CBS announced it was suspending Rose as well while they were looking into the claims made. 

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