Former “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose filed a motion just after midnight Friday seeking the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by three women.
The lawsuit was filed May 4 by Katherine Brooks Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei, who were all hired either by CBS News or for Rose’s PBS show when they were in their early 20s. The women claimed they endured “predatory behavior” from Rose. The lawsuit accuses Rose of “blatant and repeated sexual harassment,” including asking about the women’s sex lives, and discussion of his own.
The lawsuit followed a Washington Post report in which 27 women accused Rose of sexual harassment.
In Rose’s motion to dismiss, he says the women suing him are “exploiting the #MeToo Movement” and “bootstrapping the accusations of sexual harassment made by third parties against Rose in articles published by The Washington Post.”
“None of the three plaintiffs alleges a cognizable claim of gender discrimination, harassment or retaliation,” the motion says.
According to the lawsuit, Harris started working as a broadcast associate for “CBS This Morning” in January 2016 but Rose later offered her a job at his PBS show, saying in a letter “I want you to be at the center of my professional world,” and “You help me get through the day.”
Wei joined “CBS This Morning” as a news associate in September 2015. McNeal worked for Rose as an executive assistant, beginning in April 2017, according to the lawsuit.
The women accuse Rose of “without limitation caressing and touching their arms, shoulders, waist and back, pulling them close to his body, and kissing them on the cheek.”
SOURCE: GRAHAM KATES