Charlie Rose Contributed to Rape Culture

His own letter makes Charlie Rose look guilty of the sexual predation he is accused of.

The “highly respected” Charlie Rose was allegedly aggressively nude with women, groped them, grabbed their thighs. The Washington Post interviewed eight women. At least two worked under him and the story implies that most or all were in an inferior position, both in age and in job relationship.

If Rose had denied that charges I would hold off having an opinion on whether he did it. But he wrote an apology that makes him look completely guilty and hypocritical.

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The Hollywood Reporter published Rose’s response letter as part of their story, “Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Harassment by Eight Women.

“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked. Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.

“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”

Read the entire Hollywood Reporter story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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