The year 2017 has exposed lots of Hollywood’s big shots who were in the habit of sexually harassing upcoming actors and actresses. In recent times over 200 hundred women and men have come out to accuse icons in the movie industry of sexual assault.
Now it seems the media is under fire as veteran American journalist and CBS talk show host, Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be hit by sexual misconduct allegations.
On Monday, the Washington Post published a story in which eight women who all worked for Rose or tried to work for him said that he made lewd phone calls to them, walked around naked in front of them or groped them. In addition, two women told The New York Times that he made unwanted advances toward them, trying to kiss them without their permission. The women spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared Mr. Rose’s power over their careers and what some described as his volatile temper.
Soon after the news emerged, CBS suspended him from its morning program and Public Broadcasting Service also announced that it would no longer distribute his long-running nightly interview show.
In a statement provided to The Post, Mr. Rose admitted to the shameful act and apologized.
“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.”