A thousand PBS telethon tote bags were just dropped in shock, while millions of grandparents’ recliners just bolted into their upright positions. 75-year-old television interviewer Charlie Rose has been accused of groping, unwanted sexual advances, and exposure by eight different women. Groping and exposure? All that’s missing is a lewd joke, and you’ve got the creepy old man trifecta of grossness.
The Hollywood Reporter says that eight women, ranging in age from 21 to 37, recently spoke to The Washington Post about alleged incidents of sexual harassment that happened between the years of 1990 to 2011. Some women are former employees of Charlie Rose, and due to his stature in the industry, five of the eight women chose to speak to The Post anonymously.
Reah Bravo was an intern and associate producer for PBS’s Charlie Rose in 2007. Reah, who calls Charlie Rose a “sexual predator“, claims he made unwanted sexual advances on her while she was working for him at his private estate, while they were traveling in cars, in a private plane, and in a hotel suite.
A former coordinator on Charlie Rose named Megan Creydt alleges that Charlie Rose put his hand on her thigh while they were traveling in his car (he was driving). Megan says she tensed up and pulled her legs to the other side of the car, and tried never to get in a car with him again.
One of Charlie Rose’s former assistants, Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, alleges that Charlie walked nude around her over a dozen different times. And it sounds like Kyle couldn’t even get away from the creepiness when she left work at the end of the day. Kyle claims Charlie called her multiple times very early in the morning or very late at night to describe a fantasy of her swimming naked in his pool while he watched from a window. She was 21 at the time. Kyle says she brought up Charlie’s alleged creepy late-night phone sex chats to his executive producer Yvette Vega, who brushed it off as just “Charlie being Charlie.” Kyle says she was fired shortly after.
The Post’s five anonymous women have all accused Charlie Rose of putting his hand on their upper thigh. Two of the women accuse him of coming out of a shower and walking around naked in front of them. One claims Charlie Rose groped her butt at a staff party.
The Post spoke with Yvette Vega regarding the allegations. She says she “should have stood up for” the women, and that she deeply regrets not helping them.
Charlie Rose released a statement regarding the allegations published by The Post. Charlie doesn’t deny that he acted inappropriately (although he does doubt some of the allegations), and he’s sorry.
“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.”
Yesterday, PBS and Bloomberg announced they would both stop distributing his show, Charlie Rose. CBS News announced Charlie Rose has been suspended from co-hosting CBS This Morning.
We begin this morning with news affecting all of us at this broadcast and this network. @CBSNews has suspended our co-host @CharlieRose over allegations of sexual misconduct. https://t.co/XAuPjnxSzW pic.twitter.com/zyoJ4zZgEP
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 21, 2017
UPDATE: CBS News has announced that they’ve officially let Charlie Rose go.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 21, 2017
According to two former employees of Charlie Rose, young women who worked on the show were sometimes referred to as “Charlie’s Angels.” Oh, barf. But if Kyle Godfrey-Ryan is telling the truth, then that nickname is entirely too appropriate. Both are older men who made unexpected calls to the women who worked for them. Except when Charlie Townsend called his Angels, he kept it professional. I don’t remember Sabrina or Jill getting any calls about a “special mission” in his pool.