Charlie Rose and CBS sued for sexual harassment

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"Mr. Rose openly engaged in unlawful sexual harassment against Plaintiffs during business hours, at the CBS Studios, at Charlie Rose Studios, as well as offsite", the lawsuit states.

The plaintiffs in Friday's lawsuit - Katherine Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei - worked in different capacities for Rose a year ago while he was a co-host for CBS This Morning, according to the complaint.

Rose, and a current CBS employee, Yuqing Wei, who also goes by Chelsea.

Rose fired Harris and McNeal following last year's Post story, and CBS did not offer them new positions, the lawsuit said.

CBS News said Rose's employment was "terminated" after "extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior".

The Post published a follow-up report this week that revealed an additional 27 accusers who said Rose had acted inappropriately toward them, including groping their bodies and making lewd sexual remarks, among other acts.

Ms. Harris, who worked at CBS before going to work for Mr.

The litigation marks the first known legal filing against Rose concerning sexual harassment. Both Harris and McNeal lost their jobs after Rose's PBS show was canceled in the wake of the Post's reporting. Rose and CBS was filed by three women in their 20s: Katherine Harris and Sydney McNeal, former employees of Mr.

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. CBS "did not investigate the complaint, and did not take any remedial action", the lawsuit alleges. They allege Rose pulled them close to his body and kissed them on the cheek. The three women are represented by Kenneth Goldberg of Goldberg Fliegel, who could not be reached for comment Friday. The suit also states that Rose referred to Wei as "China doll", caressed her arms, and whispered in her ear "Happy birthday, dear". He later offered her a job with his company, which produced "The Charlie Rose Show" which aired on Bloomberg and PBS.

The retaliation component of the lawsuit stems from Wei's account that she was removed from her position as an anchor assistant several months after she filed a complaint with CBS human resources on November 30, just days after Rose was sacked.

Rose was sued in 1986 by several women alleging sexual misconduct, which the network settled discreetly. Her complaint included allegations against Kadro, whom she said kicked her chair as a show of intimidation. The lawsuit says that Wei's health suffered as a result of her experience with CBS.

CBS News said it could not confirm or corroborate numerous stories told by The Post.

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.

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