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Eight Women Accuse Charlie Rose Of Sexual Harassment

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Eight women have accused television host Charlie Rose of sexual harassment, including instances where they said Rose appeared before them naked and touched them inappropriately.

The allegations came from employees working on the "Charlie Rose Show," according to The Washington Post.

Three of the women agreed to speak on the record, while another five asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

"It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were," Reah Bravo said. "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim."

Bravo began working for Rose as an intern in 2007 and later became associate producer of his PBS show.

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Megan Creydt explained how Rose touched her thigh when they were in his car together. She said she spoke about her experience to support those women making more serious allegations against the television host.

"I don't think I said anything," she added. "I tensed up. I didn't move his hand off, but I pulled my legs to the other side of the car. I tried not to get in a car with him ever again. I think he was testing me out."

Rose released a statement in response to the allegations.

"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," Rose stated. "Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues."

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He said he had learned a lot as a result.

"It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior," added Rose. "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."

CBS announced Rose was being suspended "immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rose is the first media host to be accused of sexual harassment in the latest series of allegations, which began in October when accusations of sexual assault were published against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Not everyone who spoke to The Washington Post reported harassment by Rose. Of the 24 people the newspaper interviewed, 10 said they saw nothing inappropriate.

"He was always professional with me," said Eleonore Marchand Mueller, who worked for Rose from 2003 to 2005. "I never witnessed any unprofessional incidents."

Sources: The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: Peabody Awards/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Peabody Awards/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Department of State/Wikimedia Commons

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