Broadcaster Charlie Rose has been suspended by CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg following allegations of sexual misconduct from eight women.
Five claimed to the Washington Post that they were groped and two said that Rose walked naked in front of them. None of these allegations have been proven in court.
Rose, executive editor and host of the Charlie Rose Show and cohost of CBS This Morning, issued the following statement today in response to the story and the suspensions:
"In my 45 years of journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.
"It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropiate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, thogh 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.
"I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives."
Rose had a distinctly different tone, however, when asked outside a New York building what he would say to his accusers. In this instance, he quickly stated that what happened was "not wrongdoings". You can see the exchange below.