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Charlie Rose, CBS hit with sexual harassment lawsuit

May 4, 2018

The suit says Rose called Wei “China Doll” and claims that he would caress her arms when she handed him papers and say, “I love the way you do that.”

The suit states that Rose engaged in these acts during business hours at CBS Studios, Charlie Rose Studios and outside those businesses.

The lawsuit comes only one day after The Washington Post published another investigative report that found 27 additional women who accused Rose of harassment. According to the Post, women reported Rose’s conduct to managers at CBS multiple times over decades.

Charlie Rose, CBS hit with sexual harassment lawsuitCharlie Rose, CBS hit with sexual harassment lawsuit

CBS News management told the newspaper on Thursday that it did not know about Rose’s actions during his employment there.

Rose worked as a co-host on “CBS This Morning” and as a reporter on “60 Minutes,” CBS’ newsmagazine show. He also operated a show on PBS that carried his namesake. After the allegations surfaced, he was fired.

Wei, who works as an assistant, said she reported her concerns to “CBS This Morning” executive producer Ryan Kadro, the lawsuit said. She complained that Rose gave her too much attention outside the office and told the producer, “I’m telling you in case you have a lawsuit on your hands,” according to the court document.

She also accused Kadro of physical harassment, noting an incident where he “kicked and shoved” her chair “with substantial force,” intimidating and scaring her.

The lawsuit claimed that complaints against Rose were made to the head of human resources at CBS as well.

Harris and Wei said in the suit that CBS contacted them in March to deter them from pursuing claims against the company.

CBS News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

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