Saturday, May 5, 2018

3 Women Sue Charlie Rose, CBS News

Three women are suing former television journalist Charlie Rose and his former employer CBS News for his “blatant and repeated sexual harassment”.

Katherine Brooks Harris, Syndey McNeal and Chelsea Wei, who are all in their 20s, began working for the 76-year-old broadcaster from 2016 through 2017 as associates or assistants, reports the NY Post citing court documents.

Rose told Harris and McNeal that he hired them because he likes “tall women” before asking about their sex lives, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court suit.

He also touched all three women’s arms, shoulders, waists and backs and even demanded they give him a kiss before leaving for summer vacation, according to court papers.

The lawsuit also accuses CBS executives of failing to warn the employees about Rose’s history of sexual misconduct.

Rose was fired in November from his job as co-host of “CBS This Morning” after the Washington Post reported that eight women alleged he had sexually harassed them. The Post followed up on Thursday with a new report citing another 27 complaints of harassment dating back to the 1980s. The Post also alleges that CBS executives were warned about his behavior and failed to respond.

The three plaintiffs are each cited in Thursday’s Post report. According to the suit, Rose would invite Harris and McNeal out for dinners, and then sexually touched them on their thighs and kissed them on their cheeks. He also quizzed them about their sex lives and suggested they become lovers, according to the suit. The suit also states that Rose referred to Wei as “China doll,” caressed her arms, and whispered in her ear “Happy birthday, dear.”

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