Veteran broadcaster Charlie Rose, who has been accused of sexually harassing a spate of women, says he didn’t do anything wrong, in so many words.
TMZ reporters tracked down the 75-year-old outside of his NYC apartment and grilled him about the recent accusations that he harassed and groped colleagues so often that his shoulder rubs were known as “the crusty paw” around the office.
The tabloid photographer asked him if he had anything to say to the eight women who have accused him of “wrongdoings.” His response? “It’s not wrongdoings,” Rose muttered before quickly entering his apartment.
This response is in stark contrast to the apologetic tone he struck yesterday in a written statement on the allegations, which accuse him of making lewd phone calls and strutting in front of colleagues naked, among other acts.
“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed,” he wrote. “I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that.”
“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.”
Rose has been suspended by CBS, while PBS and Bloomberg have both announced they will stop distributing his eponymous show, in light of the allegations.
Some of his CBS colleagues addressed the Rose story this morning, with co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell admonishing the disgraced newsman in no uncertain terms.
“This will be investigated. This has to end. This behavior is wrong, period,” she said.
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