The effects of Charlie Rose’s fall from grace are reverberating throughout the media. People believed that he was one of the good guys; his sophisticated, polished demeanor promoted an image of a scholar rather than an old wretch.
His CBS co-stars were horrified.
“I really am still reeling. I got an hour and 42 minutes of sleep last night, both my son and my daughter called me. Oprah called me and said, are you okay? I am not okay After reading that article in the post, it was deeply disturbing, troubling and painful for me to read,” Rose’s former co-worker Gayle King said Tuesday.
Despite their shock, the women who work with Rose made it clear that they supported the victims. Over a dozen women have now accused the journalist of sexual harassment, and accusations are still streaming in.
“Charlie does not get a pass here,” King said.
“He doesn’t get a pass because I can’t stop thinking about the anguish of these women, what happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened maybe to even their careers. I can’t stop thinking about that and the pain that they’re going through.”
King was obviously very affected. Her co-anchor, Norah O’Donnell, was almost equally distraught.
“I’ve enjoyed a friendship and a partnership with Charlie for the past five years. I’ve held him in such high regard and I’m really struggling because how do you – what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something that is so horrible? How do you wrap your brain around that? I’m really grappling with that,” King said.
“I’m still trying to sort it out because this is not the man I know, but I’m also clearly on the side of the women who have been very hurt and very damaged by this.”
(Source: Daily Mail)