CBS Corp. (CBS) - Get Report suspended veteran journalist Charlie Rose as it investigates sexual harassment allegations made by several women in a Washington Post article Monday against the co-host of its flagship "CBS This Morning" program.
PBS and Bloomberg LP also said Monday they would suspend the distribution of the "Charlie Rose" show after the allegations came to light, with the latter saying in a statement it was "deeply disturbed to learn of these allegations and are immediately suspending the show from airing on Bloomberg TV."
The Washington Post reported that eight women told the newspaper that the longtime television host had made unwanted sexual approaches, including "lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas."
The women, three who spoke on the record and five anonymously, worked for Rose at the "Charlie Rose" show from the late 1990s to 2011.
"In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked," Rose said in a statement on his Twitter account. "Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.
"It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken."
The allegations come after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by several women. Weinstein has apologized for his behavior with colleagues but denied allegations of nonconsensual sex. He is being investigated by several police departments over the allegations.
CBS shares closed at $55.93 on Monday after losing 1.43%.
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