King With More on Rose


Former WFSB anchor Gayle King continued through the day Tuesday as one of the most prominent public faces of CBS News in the aftermath of the sexual misconduct charges made against former CBS newsman Charlie Rose.

The Washington Post published a report late Monday citing accusations made by eight different women who worked for Rose prior to 2011. Tuesday, CBS News revealed that three women inside CBS had similar experiences with Rose more recently than those incidents described by the Post. Rose was first suspended and then fired by CBS. His PBS program, which also airs on Bloomberg, was pulled from distribution.

Appearing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night, a visibly shaken King said she is dealing with a range of emotions including both anger and compassion for Rose and support for the women who came forward to make the allegations. She said they must be supported, she encouraged other women in similar circumstances to come forward and said men need to be part of the conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace.

For his part Rose issued a statement of apology and regret, but also lightly disputed the nature of the situations described by his accusers which suggests he may be prepared to fight to try to recover his reputation.