Three former junior female colleagues sued disgraced television anchor Charlie Rose and CBS News on Friday for discrimination, harassment and retaliation, seeking unspecified damages in NY. The former of the accusers reportedly said Rose told them he hired them because "he likes tall women". Harris and McNeal say Rose would tell the women they should become lovers. with each other, not him.
CBS News did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He called the latest Washington Post story "unfair and inaccurate", according to the newspaper.
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. All three women claimed that Rose would "repeatedly caress and touch their bodies, including their arms, shoulders, waists and backs", and would even pull them in for kisses.
Once they were hired, the women alleged that Rose behaved extremely inappropriately, where he bragged about his sexual conquests and urged the women to share stories about theirs.
"Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we've worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work", a CBS spokesperson said in a statement to the Post.
In one new allegation, a former research assistant said Rose exposed his penis and touched her breasts when they worked at NBC News' Washington bureau in 1976. His representatives could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
"Ms. Wei also told Mr. Kadro words to the effect of, 'I'm telling you in case you have a lawsuit on your hands, '" the suit alleges.
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Their lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court on Friday, alleges that the three women were subject to "blatant and repeated sexual harassment" by the former CBS anchor, and then suffered "subsequent unlawful retaliation".
Harris, the lawsuit says, joined CBS in January of 2016, and said Rose started noticing her, taking her to lunch at expensive restaurants. Rose now faces dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct after more than 20 women came forward with new claims this week.
It's unclear if the three women named in Friday's lawsuit are the same three women who came forward in the Post story a year ago.
The retaliation component of the lawsuit stems from Wei's account that she was removed from her position as an anchor assistant several months after she filed a complaint with CBS human resources on November 30, just days after Rose was sacked.
Wei claims in November she filed a complaint with CBS human resources and the company retaliated by demoting her, which caused her to fall ill and prompted a medical leave of absence.
In the past, Rose has apologized for "inappropriate behavior" toward female colleagues. The lawsuit says that Wei's health suffered as a result of her experience with CBS.
The lawsuit filed in NY state court seeks unspecified damages.