Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Lawsuit filed in Charlie Rose sexual harassment case

Lawsuit filed in Charlie Rose sexual harassment case

Three women filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Friday against former CBS News television anchor Charlie Rose, accusing the prominent journalist of touching them inappropriately and making offensive comments.

Rose was sacked in November of 2017 after the Post published a lengthy investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him. The lawsuit alleges that Rose subjected the three women to verbal sexual harassment, unlawful physical touching and sexual advances.

Since Rose was sacked, CBS News said it has taken steps to ensure a safer workplace, including mandatory misconduct training.

The plaintiffs in Friday's lawsuit - Katherine Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei - worked in different capacities for Rose past year while he was a co-host for CBS This Morning, according to the complaint. We reached out to him today for comment on the suit but have not heard back.

Harris claims she was wined and dined by Rose while working as a broadcast associate for one of the CBS morning shows, discussing potential job opportunities for Harris at "60 Minutes" or on Rose's eponymous show.

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The retaliation component of the lawsuit stems from Wei's account that she was removed from her position as an anchor assistant several months after she filed a complaint with CBS human resources on November 30, just days after Rose was sacked.

Rose later allegedly told Harris he hired her because he liked "tall women", kissed her on the cheek, placed his hands on her thighs, and demanded she come to his apartment late at night.

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

The Washington Post said that on least three occasions prior to that, women reported discomfort about Rose's actions to superiors. Harris says he once told her, "I didn't know that I hired a f**king kindergartner".

Harris and McNeal also claim the network fired them after news broke about Rose's alleged misbehavior.

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Rose repeatedly required Harris to have lunch and dinner with him, where he would place his hands on her thigh and would point at other women and call them prostitutes, according to the claim.

Rose referred to Wei as a "China doll" and caressed her arms when she handed him papers, according to the lawsuit.

Rose then contacted Wei, who was an anchor assistant on "CBS This Morning" at the time, telling her, "My relationship with you is the man I am in all my relationships", according to the complaint. He also said, "Regarding the question about suggesting there would be a "lawsuit" - I don't believe she used that word".

Wei has taken medical leave from the show.

The women are suing Rose and CBS for discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment.

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The lawsuit comes on the heels of 27 new women coming forward with allegations against their former co-worker.

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