With 27 more women accusing former news anchor Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, a report Thursday calls into question CBS News' claims that his behavior was a surprise before he was sacked last November.
An exposé revealed Wednesday by The Washington Put up claimed 27 further ladies are accusing Rose of sexual misconduct and that managers at CBS and PBS have been advised about his alleged inappropriate conduct over time.
"Three of them are now suing Rose and CBS News, saying they were subjected to ".repeated, ongoing and unlawful physical and verbal sexual harassment." by Rose; that CBS ".unlawfully retaliated." against one of them and that the company ".failed to investigate the matter".
Rose was ousted from CBS past year after allegations of harassment emerged. Shortly thereafter, Rose himself was suspended and then fired. We reached out to him today for comment on the suit but have not heard back.
The three women each worked at CBS in various capacities in the years between 2015 and 2018.
"The claims in the lawsuit filed today against Mr".
Harris, who joined CBS in 2016, claimed Rose initially approached her and tried to lure her with costly lunch dates the place he "purchased her wine and floated job alternatives at '60 Minutes, '" in addition to his PBS present "Charlie Rose".
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McNeal, who was required by Rose to hitch him and Harris for dinner, claimed he sexually touched her with out her consent. The woman said she complained to PBS management and was told that Rose was harmless.
According to the suit, Rose would berate and intimidate them.
Two of the plaintiffs, Brooks Harris and Chelsea Wei, worked with Rose at "CBS This Morning", where he was a co-anchor until his November 21 firing. With the stories that have come out about the likes of Rose, Matt Lauer and Mark Halperin, the networks are making strides but women need to know they can report wrongdoings without repercussions, she said. McNeal, the lawsuit said, worked in Manhattan for Rose as an executive assistant starting in April 2017. She complained to the show's top producer, Chris Licht, but asked him not to tell human resources about it. Licht told the newspaper he followed her wishes and also talked to Rose about the incident.
CBS never responded to the complaint, according to the lawsuit, which states the network "subsequently questioned the accuracy of her timesheets and told her that she would be replaced as an anchor assistant and would not be able to apply to work for the show's new co-anchor, John Dickerson".
The lawsuit additionally goes after CBS executives, whom they claimed didn't warn the workers about Rose's troubling historical past of sexual misconduct.
She continued, "When the first story broke, I said, Charlie was my friend".