Charlie Rose filed a motion to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit against him, alleging that his three accusers are exploiting the MeToo movement.
The disgraced former CBS presenter This Morning was sued in May by three former employees, Katherine Brooks Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei, who accused him of "predatory behavior". and "flagrant and repeated sexual harassment."
But Rose's motion has dismissed the allegations, alleging that women are "exploiting the # MeToo Movement" that erupted after the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal and saw several high-powered men in the media and industry of entertainment accused of sexual misconduct.
Rose, in court documents, called the examples of women meaningless in terms of establishing any case of harassment, reports CBS.
Charlie Rose has filed a motion to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him
"The Complaint tries to take advantage of the routine interactions in the workplace and joke them and turn them into actionable behaviors by omitting the context and tone and using suggestive language," the motion states.
Her lawsuit accused the three women of "fine-tuning allegations of sexual harassment made by third parties against Rose in articles published by The Washington Post."
The article he refers to is the story of the Post in which 27 women accused Rose of sexual harassment.
"None of the three plaintiffs allege a cognizable demand for gender discrimination, harassment or retaliation," the motion says.
Rose's motion has dismissed the allegations, claiming that the women (not pictured) are "exploiting the # MeToo Movement" that erupted after the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal and saw many men of high power in the media and the entertainment industry accused of sexual misconduct
Harris, McNeal and Wei claim that Rose would brag about her supposed sexual exploits, touch her legs and back, kiss them on the cheek and ask them about their sex lives. Wei said the presenter called her & # 39; China Doll & # 39;
Both Harris and McNeal claim they were fired after the Post's November report, but Rose's attorneys argue that everyone in the program was fired once it was canceled.
Wei claims that it was degraded by CBS.
Rose was fired by CBS after the accusations came to light.
The demand of women seeks unspecified damages.
Last month, Rose filed an extension request to delay her response to the sexual harassment lawsuit, on the grounds that she was recovering from major abdominal surgery in July.
His lawyers said Rose needs at least six weeks to recover from abdominal surgery on July 17, reports The Blast.
Plantiffs: Women – Brooks Harris (right), Sydney McNeal (left) and Chelsea Wei are suing Rose for alleged sexual harassment
Denial: Rose called the accusations "unfair" and "inaccurate" (Rose and CBS, Morning executive producer, Ryan Kadro, above)
The lawsuit by Harris, McNeal and Wei, filed in the New York Supreme Court in May, also states that Rose continued to contact women who had accused him of sexual harassment both by phone and by email after CBS dismissed him.
"For example, on November 24, 2017 or at an upcoming date, Mr. Rose sent an email to Ms. Wei saying, among other things," my relationship with you is the man I am in all my relationships " says the court.
The lawsuit also claims that Rose said the words of her staff to the effect of "some of the stories are true" after The Washington Post published the first exhibition.
The three women are asking that Rose, CBS News Communications and CBS News give them consequential, compensatory and punitive damages.
Mr. Rose suggested to Ms. Harris and Mrs. McNeal that they had sex with each other and said words to them in the sense of "you just need to become a lover", which indicates that he was having sexual fantasies about them.
One section of the complaint provides 14 examples of what the three women claim is "illegal behavior" by Rose.
– Sir. Rose repeatedly sexually touched the Plaintiffs, including, without limitation, caressing and touching her arms, shoulders, waist and back, bringing them closer to her body and kissing them on the cheek, "says one example.
Two of the plaintiffs (McNeal and Harris) also accuse Rose of "putting her hands on her thigh and kissing her cheek" while dining with the host.
– Sir. Rose repeatedly boasted of her sexual conquests, and told Plaintiffs words like "you should have seen the women I was with when I was younger," says another example mentioned in the complaint.
– Sir. Rose suggested to Mrs. Harris and Mrs. McNeal that they had sex with each other and said words with the following meaning: "You only need to become a lover", which indicates that she was having sexual fantasies about them & # 39;
Meanwhile, Wei, according to court documents, referred to Wei as "China Girl," in which the girl also says that Rose "caressed." [her] arms when she handed him papers and would say "I love the way you do that."
The three women also share alleged instances of verbal abuse involving Rose in the complaint.
"I did not know I hired a fierce kindergarten kid," supposedly Rose told Harris at one point.
McNeal says Rose told her, "You can not be an idiot and have this job."
And Wei was supposedly called an "idiot" for booking a flight on a plane that did not have flat folding seats despite claiming he had informed Rose about this fact.
Harris says that Rose started showing interest in her after she started working on the morning shift for CBS News.
She says that Rose started taking her to expensive lunches, where she sold and dined before offering her a place in 60 Minutes.
Rose continued to try to contact Plaintiffs by phone and email. For example, on November 24, 2017 or at an upcoming date, Mr. Rose sent an email to Mrs. Wei declaring, among other things, "my relationship with you is the man that I am in all my relationships "
At the same time, Wei said she got nervous about these lunches and decided to talk to her boss, CBS executive producer This Morning's Ryan Kadro.
"I'm telling you in case you have a lawsuit in your hand," said Wei, who told Kadro at the time.
Kadro, who is still the executive producer of CBS This Morning, downplayed these claims.
& # 39; Ms. Wei did not tell me about Charlie Rose's inappropriate behavior towards Mrs. Harris at any time, "Kadro said.
He also stated that he had no recollection of the word & # 39; demand & # 39; what Wei uses.
Harris was finally assigned a job on Rose's PBS program, and shortly after the new position began, Rose began commenting on her and another employee, McNeal.
Hardwork: Rose is seen interviewing Steve Bannon in one of her last 60 Minutes pieces for CBS last September (above)
CHARLIE ROSE DETAILS OF THE DEMAND FOR THE ALLEGED CONDUCT OF HOST INCORRECT
Mr. Rose advised Mrs. Harris and Mrs. McNeal that they were hired because he likes "tall women", that is, he was attracted to them
Mrs. Harris wore a mini skirt with pictures of roses and Mr. Rose advised Mrs. Harris that the roses on her skirt are her roses.
Mr. Rose repeatedly touched the Plaintiffs, including, without limitation, caressing and touching his arms, shoulders, waist and back, bringing them closer to his body and kissing them on the cheek.
Mr. Rose repeatedly required Mrs. Harris to have lunch and / or dinner with him and, on those occasions, Mr. Rose sexually touched Mrs. Harris, even placing her hands on her thigh and kissing her cheek. He pointed out other women and called them prostitutes.
Mr. Rose required Mrs. McNeal to join him and Mrs. Harris for dinner and Mr. Rose sexually touched Ms. McNeal, even placing her hands on her thigh and kissing her cheek.
Mr. Rose repeatedly asked Mrs. Harris and Mrs. McNeal about their sex life and told them to share details with him.
Mr. Rose repeatedly boasted of his sexual conquests, saying the words of the Plaintiffs to the effect of "you should have seen the women I was with when I was younger."
Mr. Rose suggested to Mrs. Harris and Mrs. McNeal that they have sexual intercourse and said words with the following meaning: "You only need to become already lovers", which indicates that he was having sexual fantasies about them.
Mr. Rose ordered Mrs. Harris and Mrs. McNeal to visit their home in Bellport, N.Y., supposedly to make a message. He told them "it's better not to hear any story about two young women swimming naked together" in their pool, which indicates that I was having sexual fantasies about them.
Mr. Rose referred to Ms. Wei as "China Doll," a fetish term.
Mr. Rose stroked Ms. Wei's arms when she handed him the papers and said "I love the way you do that."
Mr. Rose whispered, in Mrs. Wei's ear, in a sexual way, "Happy Birthday Dear."
Mr. Rose, while at CBS Studios, insisted on kissing his three subordinates, including Ms. Wei, before going on a summer vacation.
Mr. Rose demanded that Ms. Harris go to her apartment late at night.
Rose once suggested that the two have sex, according to both women, and made a comment about them swimming naked in their pool.
McNeal said working for Rose was "toxic" and added that her job "made me question my intelligence, dignity and courage as a human being almost every day."
Harris also said that in July of 2017, she was going out for a drink with Rose in Cirpirani after an event in which she repeatedly tried to get him to her apartment, an offer she refused to invent an excuse to leave.
He lost his job four months later when the first accusations against Rose appeared, a job that, according to him, Kadro urged him to take at that moment.
The complaint says: & # 39; Ms. Harris recommended Mr. Kadro Rose's offer.
"From information and beliefs, Mr. Kadro knew that Mr. Rose had a history of sexual harassment, but he did not warn Ms. Harris about it.
"Instead, Mr. Kadro encouraged Ms. Harris to accept Rose's offer."
Harris and McNeal were left jobless following the accusations against Rose, while Wei still works on CBS.
She states that the environment there has been hostile since she shared her story with human resources in November.
& # 39; Around November 30, 2017, Ms. Wei filed a complaint with Ms. Cottone (Human Resources, CBS) against Mr. Rose and Mr. Kadro & # 39; declare the complaint.
Wei says that nothing came out of the complaint, and subsequently began to be placed in a series of jobs that were below their skills and experience.
The complaint says that Wei's health began to deteriorate due to her situation with CBS, and that on March 1 she was forced to take leave of absence for medical reasons.
The news of Rose's dismissal was revealed last November in an interview sent to the staff by CBS News President David Rhodes, who stated that "there is nothing more important, in this or any organization, than guaranteeing a workplace safe and professional. "
Rhodes also said: & # 39; I also heard that things used to be different. And nobody can change the past.
"But what could have been accepted once should not have been acceptable."
Rhodes went on to explain the reason behind the network's decision.
"CBS News has reported extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and the last," said Rhodes.
"Our credibility in that report requires credibility to handle basic behavioral standards, which is why we have taken these actions."
Initially, Rose was suspended from the network when the Post first published the accounts of eight women who claimed to have been sexually harassed or assaulted by the journalist. This was followed by additional accusations from five other women.
By the end of that week, the number had grown to 17 women and Rose was out of work.
He is now being accused of sexual harassment by at least 35 women.
The woman states that Rose exposed herself to them, groped her buttocks and breasts and in one case asked a young woman to "ride" her in her hotel room.
Several women also say they told CBS executives about their behavior, including Chris Licht (former CBS executive producer This Morning) and Ryan Kadro (current CBS executive producer This Morning).
Rose previously denounced the accusations as "unfair and inaccurate".