Women Sue Charlie Rose, CBS News Alleging Sexual Harrassment

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose just got hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit from 3 women he worked with at CBS, including his personal assistant.

The plaintiffs in Friday's lawsuit - Katherine Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei - worked in different capacities for Rose previous year while he was a co-host for CBS This Morning, according to the complaint.

Harris and McNeal say Rose would tell the women they should become lovers. with each other, not him.

"We will vigorously defend against the allegations pertaining to CBS News and Mr. Kadro", a CBS spokesperson said in a statement. Rose was sacked as "CBS This Morning" anchor and PBS cancelled his interview show after an earlier Post report on women who said he groped them, made lewd remarks or walked around naked around them.

"Ms. Wei also told Mr. Kadro words to the effect of, 'I'm telling you in case you have a lawsuit on your hands, '" the suit alleges.

According to the suit, Rose would berate and intimidate them.

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

The lawsuit alleges that Rose made sexually explicit comments and engaged in sexual contact with three employees. With the stories that have come out about the likes of Rose, Matt Lauer and Mark Halperin, the networks are making strides but women need to know they can report wrongdoings without repercussions, she said. All of the women say he would repeatedly caress and touch their bodies, including their arms, shoulders, waists and backs.

During lunches with Harris, Rose would place "his hands on her thigh and [kiss] her cheek", the lawsuit alleges.

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For many years, Rose did his PBS interview show at the same time he worked for CBS, and the Post story also examined his behavior there.

CBS never responded to the complaint, according to the lawsuit, which states the network "subsequently questioned the accuracy of her timesheets and told her that she would be replaced as an anchor assistant and would not be able to apply to work for the show's new co-anchor, John Dickerson".

One of the women, Yuqing "Chelsea" Wei, was the news associate. and in the suit she says Rose referred to her as "China Doll". She complained to the show's top producer, Chris Licht, but asked him not to tell human resources about it. Licht told the newspaper he followed her wishes and also talked to Rose about the incident.

CBS News said it could not confirm or corroborate numerous stories told by The Post. Her complaint included allegations against Kadro, whom she said kicked her chair as a show of intimidation.

Wei has since taken medical leave from the network.

In the following three decades, three CBS managers had been made aware of the complaints, according to the Post investigation.

Eleanor McManus, co-founder of Press Forward, a group of women who have been victims of sexual misconduct in newsrooms, said the Post report illustrated a systematic problem across news organizations that needed to be addressed.

They say they were subjected to "repeated, ongoing and unlawful physical and verbal sexual harassment" by Rose.

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