Another day, another sexual harassment scandal. This time, the alleged perpetrator is Charlie Rose, a TV host and journalist known for his eponymous interview show on PBS, his job co-hosting CBS This Morning, and his contributions to 60 Minutes.
Eight women have told The Washington Post that Charlie sexually harassed them. Each one was either employed or aspiring to be employed by Charlie from between the late 1990s and 2011, and their ages ranged from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters.
Reah Bravo worked for Charlie’s PBS show in 2007, first as an intern and then as an associate producer. She says he made unwanted advances while she was traveling with him and working at his Long Island waterfront estate.
“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.”
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan was 21 years old when she worked as one of Charlie’s assistants in the mid-2000s. She told the newspaper he would often walk naked in front of her and he’d also describe a fantasy involving her swimming nude. She also said she reported the conversations to his executive producer, who replied, “That’s just Charlie being Charlie.”
Megan Creydt worked as a coordinator on the PBS show around the same time, and she said Charlie put his hand on her thigh while they drove through Manhattan. She’s coming forward to support the other women. “I tried not to get in a car with him ever again,” she said. “I think he was testing me out.”
Additionally, Radar Online reported on Charlie’s alleged harassment in 2007, when a woman told the magazine Charlie “palmed her buttock like a honeydew.”
For his part, Charlie apologized via a statement to The Post, saying, “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,” he continued. “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.”
Nevertheless, both CBS News and PBS have fired the 75-year-old in the wake of the Washington Post exposé. That punishment is likely too little, too late for the women he allegedly violated.