Three former junior female colleagues sued disgraced television anchor Charlie Rose and CBS News on Friday for discrimination, harassment and retaliation, seeking unspecified damages in NY.
Former CBS news associate Yuqing "Chelsea" Wei, former broadcast associate Katherine Brooks Harris and Rose's former executive assistant Sydney McNeal claim the network never tried to protect them, despite having known about Rose's inappropriate behavior for years.
CBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit also accuses CBS executives of failing to warn employees of Rose's history of sexual misconduct. We reached out to him today for comment on the suit but have not heard back. He later offered her a job with his company, which produced "The Charlie Rose Show" which aired on Bloomberg and PBS.
The allegations include details of comments Rose made about their intelligence and their ethnicity. Rose referred to Ms. Wei as "China Doll".
Rose later allegedly told Harris he hired her because he liked "tall women", kissed her on the cheek, placed his hands on her thighs, and demanded she come to his apartment late at night.
Five of those women said Rose put his hand on their legs, sometimes on their upper thigh.
Harris and McNeal also claim the network fired them after news broke about Rose's alleged misbehavior. She told a senior producer about it and said she didn't want to be alone with Rose, and said her boss laughed and said, "Fine, you don't have to be alone with him anymore".
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The network sacked Rose, once one of America's most well-respected television news hosts, on November 21, less than 24 hours after eight women leveled sexual harassment accusations against him in The Washington Post.
He also whispered, "Happy birthday, dear" into her ear in a sexual manner, the lawsuit states.
Rose repeatedly asked Harris and McNeal about their sex lives and urged the two to have sex with each other, the lawsuit says. He also said, "Regarding the question about suggesting there would be a "lawsuit" - I don't believe she used that word".
Rose then contacted Wei, who was an anchor assistant on "CBS This Morning" at the time, telling her, "My relationship with you is the man I am in all my relationships", according to the complaint. She is now on medical leave, according to the suit.
The network has reportedly hired the law firm Proskauer Rose to help investigate all the claims against its former anchor.
The women are suing Rose and CBS for discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment.
In the following three decades, three CBS managers had been made aware of the complaints, according to the Post investigation.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of 27 new women coming forward with allegations against their former co-worker.