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News Wrap: Journalist Charlie Rose taken off the air after report of sexual misconduct

In our news wrap Monday, The Washington Post reported that eight women have come forward accusing veteran PBS journalist Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct -- one of several new allegations against high-profile figures. Also, Nebraska regulators gave the green light for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline across their state.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    New allegations of sexual misconduct tonight against high-profile figures.

    The Washington Post is reporting that eight women are accusing veteran journalist Charlie Rose, who works for PBS, CBS, and Bloomberg. The women tell of lewd phone calls, displays of nudity and groping aimed at employees and interns from the late 1990s to 2011.

    And late this evening, CBS says that is suspending Rose. And PBS said that it would halt distribution of The Charlie Rose Show.

    Joining us now is a contributing writer for The Washington Post who helped to break this story, Irin Carmon.

    Irin, thank you for joining us.

    So, what are these women alleging?

  • Irin Carmon:

    Judy, the eight women that we spoke to describe a range of behaviors that have a lot in common.

    In many cases, these behaviors began with a hand on their leg, perhaps their mid-thigh. And in some of those cases, it escalated to walking around naked during the course of their employment at his apartment, from which he often worked.

    One woman describes lewd phone calls in which Mr. Rose, she said, would describe his sexual fantasies about her, ask her intimate details about her private life.

    In the case of two of these women, they described forced sexual contact from Mr. Rose, touching their private areas. One of the women told us that she wept throughout the encounter, which occurred during time that she was interviewing for a job on The Charlie Rose Show.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    And how did you go about — as we said, the story says this took place over a period of years. How did you go about confirming any of these allegations?

  • Irin Carmon:

    Judy, I first became aware of this story in 2010, when I was a reporter at the Web site Jezebel. And I attempted to report on them, but, unfortunately, I hit walls and wasn’t able to confirm the story.

    People were not ready to talk, frankly. It occurred to me now, in the last few weeks, because of the amazing reporting that that’s been done on sexual misconduct and abuse, that perhaps the women who were worried about retaliation, who were afraid of Mr. Rose’s power in the industry, about his wealthy friends, of his famous sit-down interviews with world leaders, that, perhaps, they were ready to talk.

    And so Amy Brittain, a reporter in the investigative unit at The Washington Post, and I started contacting the women that I had heard allegations about, as well as people who worked on the show.

    And, honestly, we have a lot more reporting that we would like to do on this story, but, at this point, we could say that there are eight women who have alleged what could constitute sexual harassment or assault.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    And three of them on the record, is that right? They have given their names.

  • Irin Carmon:

    Correct.

    Three of these women gave their names at enormous personal sacrifice. So, I want to thank them for their courage, because, certainly, even in this moment of cultural change, it is not easy to put your name on something this intimate. And they described it as — one of them described it as one of the most degrading experiences of her life.

  • Judy Woodruff:

     What is Charlie Rose himself saying?

  • Irin Carmon:

    Charlie Rose issued a statement this afternoon which he provided to The Washington Post.

    He says that he — he doesn’t confirm all the statements made by the women. He does mention that he believes that there were — quote — “shared feelings” or he believed at the time that there were shared feelings in these instances, which certainly disputes what these women have told us.

    And he says that we’re in a new cultural moment.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Irin Carmon, again, saying there is more reporting being done on this story with The Washington Post.

    Thank you very much.

  • Irin Carmon:

    Thank you, Judy.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Also today, a second woman accused U.S. Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct.

    Lindsay Menz says that the Minnesota Democrat grabbed her bottom during a picture pose in 2010. By then, Franken was serving in the Senate.

    Meanwhile, one of the women accusing Alabama’s Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, Leigh Corfman, went on NBC’s “Today Show” to describe what happened when she was 14.

  • Leigh Corfman:

    He removed my clothing. He left the room and came back in wearing his white underwear. And he touched me over my clothing, what was left of it. And he tried to get me to touch him.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Corfman said that she was paid no money for speaking out publicly.

    For his part, President Trump has criticized Senator Franken, but said nothing about Roy Moore.

    And The New York Times suspended White House reporter Glenn Thrush today over allegations that he’s made unwanted advances towards several women.

    The Nebraska Public Service Commission gave the green light today for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the state. That was the last major regulatory hurdle for the long-delayed project. But the regulators approved an alternate route, and opponents, including environmental groups and American Indians, say that that could open new legal issues.

    The true cost of the opioid drug epidemic may be far more than anyone thought. The White House today put the cost at $504 billion in 2015. That’s more than six times greater than any previous estimate. The report cites overdose deaths and law enforcement costs.

    In Zimbabwe, the military announced President Robert Mugabe is working toward what it calls a definitive solution for the country. But the ruling party said it’s starting proceedings to impeach Mugabe, ending his 37-year rule.

    John Ray of Independent Television News is in Zimbabwe. He reports from the capital city, Harare.

  • John Ray:

    As their president plays for time, so his people’s patience nears breaking point. This is generation Mugabe, students who’ve known only one man’s rule their entire lives.

  • Man:

    Whether he wants to or not, it’s time now for Robert Gabriel Mugabe, and it’s time for us, the younger generation, to take over.

  • John Ray:

    Harare is full of opponents plotting feverishly to force him from power. Zimbabwe’s war veterans set him a noon deadline that came and went.

  • Chris Mutsvangwa:

    So we want to make sure that he leaves now. We want to see his back now. Mugabe, your rule is over. The emperor has no clothes.

  • John Ray:

    Late last night, Africa’s oldest leader confounded the hopes of his country and the generals who have him under house arrest by refusing to resign.

  • President Robert Mugabe:

    However, we cannot be guided by bitterness or vengefulness.

  • John Ray:

    So, tomorrow, the drama shifts to parliament, and a plan to impeach him hatched today by his former comrades in ZANU-PF.

    So you want him gone?

  • Man:

    Of course.

  • John Ray:

     Is President Mugabe fit to be the president of Zimbabwe?

  • Man:

    No, no. That’s the reason why we have called on the members of parliament of our party to appreciate the seriousness of the matter.

  • John Ray:

    The very people who helped him rule now accuse him of ruining the country’s economy, though not the tyranny of which many of them would say they too were apart.

    These people are giving up their president, but they’re not giving up their power. With or without Mugabe, ZANU-PF plan to stay in charge.

    This past week, Zimbabwe has felt transformed, but power has not yet been transferred.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from John Ray of Independent Television News.

    The Supreme Court of Kenya today upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s disputed reelection. The decision touched off violent protests, leaving at least two people dead. The opposition had boycotted last month’s election, and charged it was rigged. The court ordered that vote after it nullified the original election, in August, over irregularities.

    The U.S. is putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terror. It was removed from the list under President George W. Bush, in hopes of ending the North’s nuclear program. President Trump announced the new policy today during a Cabinet meeting. He said it’s part of his maximum pressure campaign.

  • President Donald Trump:

    It should have happened a long time ago. It should have happened years ago. In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    North Korea already faces a number of sanctions, but the president says this new designation allows additional penalties.

    Argentina’s Navy says it’s now analyzing sounds that could have come from a missing submarine. It disappeared last Wednesday after reporting an electrical malfunction, more than 270 miles out in the South Atlantic; 44 crew members were on board. An international rescue effort is now under way, including ships and aircraft. Their work has been hampered by 20-foot waves and strong winds.

    Charles Manson, who masterminded gruesome murders in Los Angeles nearly half-a-century ago, died Sunday night. He drove his followers to butcher seven people with knives over two nights in 1969, among them, the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. The crimes horrified the nation. Manson was ultimately captured, and convicted. He spent the rest of his life in prison. Charles Manson was 83 years old.

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen formally submitted her resignation today. She said she will stay on until Jerome Powell, nominated to succeed her, is confirmed and sworn in.

    On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 72 points to close at 23,430. The Nasdaq Rose nearly eight, and the S&P 500 added three.

    And Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary today. They were married on November 20, 1947, when she was still a princess and he was a naval officer. Elizabeth became queen in 1952. She is now 91. Prince Philip is 96.

    Happy anniversary.

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