Sacked US television anchor, CBS sued for sexual harassment

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With 27 more women alleging former news anchor Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, a report Thursday calls into question CBS News' claims that his behavior was a surprise before he was sacked last November.

The plaintiffs in Friday's lawsuit - Katherine Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei - worked in different capacities for Rose previous year while he was a co-host for CBS This Morning, according to the complaint.

Rose was sued in 1986 by several women alleging sexual misconduct, which the network settled discreetly.

Rose did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The lawsuit in NY state court appears to be the first brought against Rose alleging sexual misconduct since he was sacked from the network last fall following a Washington Post report that he had harassed eight women. The lawsuit docs, according to TMZ, also said Rose "would repeatedly caress and touch their bodies, including their arms, shoulders, waists, and backs" and at one point suggested for the women to start a sexual relationship with each other.

The now 76-year-old former broadcaster put his hands on their thighs, directed them to share details of their sex lives and boasted of his conquests, it claims. McNeal, the lawsuit said, worked in Manhattan for Rose as an executive assistant starting in April 2017.

The Post has since reported that a total 35 women have come forward with allegations against Rose, whom one former intern reportedly said "falls toward the worst end of the spectrum" of sexual harassment.

Rose could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ross was one of seven women who sued CBS for hostile culture at "Nightwatch", an overnight news broadcast, though Rose was not named in the lawsuit.

In November, The Washington Post reported on allegations of eight women who said Rose sexually harassed them at his namesake PBS program.

In return, Rose then fired Harris and McNeal, both of whom were working directly for him, the complaint states, and they were not offered new positions with CBS.

Wei even allegedly warned her bosses, "I'm telling you in case you have a lawsuit on your hands".

Rose was suspended and later fired by CBS after the Post story broke.

In a previous statement to the Washington Post, Kadro said Wei "did not tell me about inappropriate behavior by Charlie Rose towards Ms. Harris at any time". The complaint also accused the network of demoting Wei in retaliation for her complaint against Rose. The lawsuit says that Wei's health suffered as a result of her experience with CBS.

Kenneth Goldberg of Goldberg & Fliegel LLP in NY is representing the women in the new suit, which seeks monetary damages including front and back pay, bonuses, benefits and interest, along with punitive damages.

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