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US TV Host Charlie Rose Suspended Over Multiple Harassment Allegations

Talk show host Charlie Rose has been accused by eight women of sexual misconduct, the Washington Post reported Monday. Within hours, CBS, PBS and Bloomberg TV announced that the prominent journalist had been suspended and that the distribution of his programs had been halted as the allegations are investigated.

Charlie Rose, who runs his own show "Charlie Rose," on PBS, co-anchors "CBS This Morning" and is a correspondent for "60 Minutes," is accused of groping and exposing himself to multiple women, some of whom worked on his show. 

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"He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim," said Reah Bravo, who spoke to the Post for its report. Bravo worked for Rose's eponymous interview show, which started in 1991, and said that he made multiple unwanted sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in 2007. 

In a statement released Monday, a PBS spokesperson said that the network is immediately suspending Rose's program due to the allegations.

"PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations. PBS does not fund this nightly program or supervise its production, but we expect our producers to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect," according to the statement.

Bloomberg TV, which also airs "Charlie Rose," is suspending the show, and Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Flint also announced that CBS has suspended Rose in response to the allegations.

Multiple women have described Rose groping their breasts, putting his hands on their legs, walking in front of them naked, making lewd phone calls to them and giving them shoulder rubs in the workspace without their permission, an act they termed "the crusty paw." 

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Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, who worked for Rose in the mid-2000s when she was 21 years old, said that Rose repeatedly called her to describe his fantasies of her swimming naked in the Bellport pool as he watched her from his bedroom. When Rose found out that Godfrey-Ryan had told a friend about his inappropriate actions, he fired her, the Post reported.

"It makes me a little upset to see him on television," Godfrey-Ryan said. "Everything I experienced with journalism there made me not want to stay."

The incidents took place between the 1990s and 2011 and the women ranged from 21 years old to 37 at the time of the offenses.

According to the Post, two women complained to the producer of Rose's show, Yvette Vega, about his inappropriate actions, but she didn't stand up for them.

"I should have stood up for them," she told the Post in a statement. "I failed."

"It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed," Rose said in a statement after the Post article was published. "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."

The accusations against Rose are only the latest in a series of explosive allegations against high profile politicians, Hollywood stars and media elites. In recent weeks, well-known figures like Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Al Franken have been accused of inappropriate behavior and assault.

Earlier today, Glenn Thrush, a reporter for the New York Times, was suspended from the outlet for sexual harassment allegations.

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