"CBS This Morning" co-host and longtime PBS star Charlie Rose has been accused by eight women of making unwanted sexual advances toward them and admitted to some of the misconduct in a statement, according to the Washington Post.
Rose, who hosts Charlie Rose on PBS in addition to This Morning, has been suspended by both CBS and PBS in the wake of the allegations.
The consensus view in the television news industry is that Rose will not return to the CBS broadcast or to his nightly talk show on public broadcasting. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.
"I deeply apologise for my inappropriate behaviour", he said on Monday.
Following the Post report, Business Insider published accounts from three additional unnamed women (they could not say if they were the same women cited by the Post). For example, when Bravo worked a side job at Rose's house, she was told by a co-worker, "If Rose did anything "sketchy"... she should not hesitate to call the show's auto service to return home", the Post said.
Rose issued a statement to the Post that he is "greatly embarrassed". Rose is also contributor to CBS acclaimed Sunday evening newsmagazine 60 Minutes.
Rose could not immediately be reached on Tuesday, but on Monday apologised for his "inappropriate behaviour".
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King and O'Donnell said they have not yet spoken with Rose, but meant to today.
"And I'm really struggling because how do you, what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so disgusting", King said. A former associate producer for Rose's PBS show, Reah Bravo, told the Washington Post: "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim".
"This one does hit close to home", the network's newest correspondent, Bianna Golodryga, said.
"I should have stood up for them", said Vega, 52, who has worked with Rose since the show was created in 1991. "I failed. It is crushing".
He adds he always felt he was pursuing shared feelings, but says he realizes he was mistaken.
"I think that we have to make this matter to woman - the woman that have spoken up, the women who have not spoken up because they are afraid, I'm hoping that now they will take the step to speak up too and that this becomes a moment of truth", she continued.
Rose said he had now "come to a profound new respect for women and their lives".