Women Sue Charlie Rose, CBS News Alleging Sexual Harrassment

On the heels of more than two dozen women making further accusations of sexual harassment against Charlie Rose, one current and two former CBS News employees sued the anchor and his former network Friday.

The current plaintiffs, Katherine Harris and Sydney McNeal, who used to work for Charlie Rose, and Yuqing Wei, who is still employed by CBS, sued the former anchor and the network itself on Friday, May 4.

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

In response, the Post wrote, CBS News said in a statement that it had worked to strengthen protections for employees in the wake of the Rose scandal but could not "corroborate or confirm numerous situations described" in the new report.

The lawsuit comes one day after the Washington Post published an investigative story that reported an additional 27 women, including 14 CBS News employees, had accused Rose of harassment.

The suit also accuses Mr. Kadro of harassment, saying that at one point previous year he "kicked and shoved Ms. Wei's chair with substantial force, startling, intimidating and scaring Ms. Wei".

Marcy McGinnis, who was senior vice president of newsgathering at CBS News when she left in 2005, said she didn't know Rose but knew he had a reputation as a "ladies man".

The lawsuit alleges that Rose made sexually explicit comments and engaged in sexual contact with three employees. Rose his job as a host [VIDEO] of "CBS This Morning" and an on-the-scene reporter for "60 Minutes". Both Harris and McNeal lost their jobs after Rose's PBS show was canceled in the wake of the Post's reporting.


After Rose was sacked, the lawsuit alleges that Wei filed a complaint against Kadro with CBS' director of human resources, Maria Cottone.

But, according to the complaint, the defendants "unlawfully failed and refused to take any remedial action and allowed Mr". The newspaper also reported that CBS managers were warned of Rose's conduct at least three times over a period of 30 years.

Rose could not immediately be reached for comment. According to the suit, Rose would invite Harris and McNeal out for dinners, and then sexually touched them on their thighs and kissed them on their cheeks.

Rose allegedly made similar advances to Wei, including calling her "China doll" and caressing her arms when she handed him papers. 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.

In the suit, Ms. Wei, an assistant, said she expressed concerns past year to the current executive producer of "CBS This Morning", Ryan Kadro, about the amount of attention that Mr. Ms. Wei has been on medical leave since March, the suit said.

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.

The lawsuit also alleges that in addition to Rose, "one or more other high level male executives at CBS committed acts of sexual harassment against women".


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