CBS suspends Charlie Rose, PBS halts show following sexual harrassment allegations

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 07: Journalist Charlie Rose speaks onstage during the ‘Charlie Rose: The Week’ panel discussion at the PBS portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK — PBS says it is immediately halting distribution of Charlie Rose’s interview program and CBS News suspended him following The Washington Post’s report of eight women who accused the veteran newsman of multiple unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate behavior.

The women, three of whom spoke on the record in the deeply-reported story, accused Rose of groping them, walking naked in front of them and relating an erotic dream.Rose told the Post that he was “deeply embarrassed” and apologized for his behavior.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Rose apologized for the alleged behavior, but said that in some cases he felt the accusations were inaccurate, and he believed “was pursuing shared feelings.”

Rose’s PBS show features his in-depth interviews with newsmakers. The 75-year-old journalist is one of three hosts of “CBS This Morning” and is also a contributor to “60 Minutes.”

Rose released a full statement on Twitter:

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