Transcript for Charlie Rose fired from CBS after sexual misconduct allegations
There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic. And pervasive longtime newsman Charlie Rose is now the coming in newsmakers I can't stop thinking about the anguish of that of these women what happened to their dignity what happened to their bodies what happened. Maybe take even their careers his CBS this morning coal anchors Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King. Did not mince words Charlie does not get a pass here he doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room we are all deeply affected we are all rocked by this. The veteran journalist fired from CBS news and PBS terminating their relationship with him. Amidst an avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations the latest media giant to be disgraced in the error of hash tag me to. Tonight three women who worked with rose at CBS news. Are now coming forward with more allegations and a third woman alleges rose whispered a sexual innuendo while touching her inappropriately at a work related event. All of this on the heels of the bombshell allegations yesterday eight women who worked or aspired to work for the PBS show bearing his name told the Washington Post rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them several wells -- groped them. One of his former employees tells the paper he was a sexual predator and I was his victim. Frequently has interactions with began with a touching a lag and then they ask laid anti that the nude eighty. We're groping individuals in the back seats of cars one woman that we spent tear who worked for him as an intern in the 1990s. For called ten. Coming out of the showered me dad and she confided in one person. You know the next day and now producer came up to her laughing and sad I'll I heard you got the shower track. Rose seen here last night after the news broke. US and everything to those accused of the people that's accusing you of all the people Bruins. Earlier rose responded on Twitter writing. I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior I am greatly embarrassed behavior in sensitively at times and I accept responsibility for that but many also wrote. 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 what really struck me about his apology was that he thought that it was consensual. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued her former boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in July of 2016. You know I often get asked why do people do this. Sexual harassed it's really about how it can be about sex but it's most often about making another person feel less powerful. Listen these lemon that we talk to you. I were working for hand at a very early stage in their careers their friend and I think that there would be a tremendous Rask he had to speaking out against his behavior. Kyle got free Ryan one of roses assistance in the mid 2000. Tells the Washington Post about at least a dozen instances where rose walk nude in front ever while she worked in one of his New York City homes she says he would repeatedly call it late at night. To describe his fantasies of her swimming naked she says she told roses long time PBS executive producer Yvette Vega who allegedly told her. That's just Charlie being Charlie. Roses executive producer told the Washington Post I should have stood up for them I failed it is crushing I deeply regret not helping them. We have to get past that in our society that's just locker room talk I'm. They have to say thank you so much for your courage and telling me that. We are going to take care of this right now it's not only the women are the men were victims finding the courage to come forward. It's he neighbors and bystanders also finding that same courage to say I'm not going to let this happen. All of the women who told their stories to the Washington Post either worked for or wanted to work for the Charlie Rose show which reportedly does not have a human resources department for getting sexually harassed by Charlie Rose on the Charlie Rose show. There is no one else that you can complain to you because everybody. So to speak reports deter the rose. That signature shell propelled his rise to icons throwing Mr. President. Consider see you. Interviewing everyone from presidents celebrities. Is trying to support that's a great question he was a longtime contributor to CBS's sixty minutes. And join CBS this morning in 2012. He's just just the tip of the iceberg we're seeing Rebecca traced or. Covering the hash tag me to movement. Here you have the media who's been exposing. These stories but in the same time very much part of the this story line there's almost no one in any profession that can really point that finger. And not be looking at there their own field another media giant to fall joining the ranks of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Commentator and former fox host bill O Reilly had MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin. Formerly the political director here at ABC. These guys have tremendous influence on an eye and how we see the story of America. Rose even once weighing in on fellow newsman bill Reilly. A moment now late in with ironing all of the cases and they're raising the issue of sexual restaurant it is terrible thing has probably been then. Not exposed enough. It was Gretchen Carlson whose allegations first brought Fox News last year. And late details ousted popular lately that one in million dollar settlement wartime Gretchen Carlson thanks so much for sharing part of your daily that's legally Carlson is unable to discuss the details about her allegations against Dale's. But says that the public view of women like her is changing. This seems finally being transferred not only to the harass others. And to alienate voters. But to companies who have also turned a blind died about this issue. One of the founders of Disney's Pixar John Lasseter. Announcing that he's now taking a leave of absence in an internal email to staff he wrote a recent difficult conversations. While acknowledging past missteps apologizing for any unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line. Disney is the parent company of ABC news. And in politics at least eight women have accused Alabama GOP senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct many of them were teenagers at the time. The youngest fourteen years old Moore was in his thirties war has fiercely denied all allegations and never date is underage women. Now the president has finally reacting to the controversy. Let me just. Dwight Clark denies that's all I can say president trump is defending Roy Moore. Light eyes. Meanwhile democratic senator Al Franken is apologizing after one woman accused him of forcibly kissing or. Another alleging he grabbed her rear end Franken responded saying he didn't remember taking the picture but felt badly. Many however are now seeing the influx of allegations as a turning point. This is indeed a sea change of how. We here in the United States views sexual harassment. In New York City attorney's Marjorie now as a door and Sylvia stanch you litigate civil sexual harassment cases. They say since the Harvey Weinstein scandal earlier during an earlier discrimination here's their phones are ringing off the hook with new potential cases every day. Our clients typically. Come in through the door and the tells their story in the Telus that they want the harassing to be behind bars. We wish that we could put everyone that's done something wrong you know somehow behind bars what we can do is try to get some kind of financial damages for our clients. It is a problem so rampant it requires change on many fronts. But for Carlson coming for it was perhaps one of the first steps in the long journey toward reckoning. It was an excruciating choice for me to be that singular person sixteen months ago. Toughest decision of my life. But I did it for other women and men and I did it for my children and for your children and anyone else's children who's watching. Because do we want our children to face the same indignities. That so many women and men have faced. The answer is now for Nightline I'm Lindsey Davis in New York.
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