CBS News fires Charlie Rose after 'disturbing' sexual harassment allegations

Rose admits to some of women's reports

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist
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Charlie Rose

NEW YORK - CBS News announced Tuesday that the news agency is firing Charlie Rose, one day after a report was published with allegations of sexual harassment against the TV journalist.

The Washington Post published claims from eight women who all worked or wanted to work for Rose's program, which was distributed by PBS. The allegations described Rose making unwanted sexual advances in the 1990s through 2011.

Rose was terminated by CBS News effective immediately on Tuesday, calling the women's accounts "extremely disturbing" and "intolerable."

"Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than insuring a safe, professional workplace- a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work," CBS News said in a statement. "We need to be such a place."

After the Washington Post story was published Rose issued a tweet in response to the allegations.

"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," Rose said. "I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."

The Washington Post reports that since its story went live more than a dozen other women have reached out with similar stories of inappropriate behavior.

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