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One Part of Charlie Rose Lawsuit 'Resolved'

CBS News has settled, but the part of complaint that names Rose himself is still active
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2018 6:15 AM CST
In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Charlie Rose is seen in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Dozens of women have accused Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct stretching back decades; there's now a bit of legal closure for a handful of them. A suit in New York state alleging the 76-year-old engaged in "blatant and repeated sexual harassment" of three former junior colleagues has been settled—at least the part that contends CBS News knew about his behavior, per Business Insider. A statement from CBS spokeswoman Christa Robinson notes, "The matter is resolved," though she adds that the amount awarded to Chelsea Wei, Sydney McNeal, and Katherine Brooks Harris has been kept confidential at the women's request, the Washington Post reports.

Wei and Brooks Harris worked with Rose at CBS, McNeal at PBS. Among the accusations in the suit: that Rose caressed and touched parts of their bodies like their arms, shoulders, and waist and kissed them on the cheek. There was also verbal denigration, the women contend, with Rose pointing out other women and calling them prostitutes, as well as calling Wei an idiot and a "China doll," the suit alleges. While CBS may now be done with this complaint, Rose isn't yet in the clear: The women's lawyer says the part of the suit that names him directly is still in play. The Post says it has heard from 35 women in total who have accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by Rose. (Read more Charlie Rose stories.)

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