With 27 more women accusing former news anchor Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct, a report Thursday calls into question CBS News' claims that his behavior was a surprise before he was sacked last November.
The plaintiffs in Friday's lawsuit - Katherine Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei - worked in different capacities for Rose past year while he was a co-host for CBS This Morning, according to the complaint.
The three women each worked at CBS in various capacities in the years between 2015 and 2018.
On one occasion, according to the lawsuit, Rose also ordered Harris and McNeal to visit him at his home and told them, "I better not hear any stories about two young women swimming naked together" in his pool.
In one new allegation, a former research assistant said Rose exposed his penis and touched her breasts when they worked at NBC News' Washington bureau in 1976.
The lawsuit comes one day after the Washington Post published an investigative story that reported an additional 27 women, including 14 CBS News employees, had accused Rose of harassment.
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The litigation marks the first known legal filing against Rose concerning sexual harassment.
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The network has reportedly hired the law firm Proskauer Rose to help investigate all the claims against its former anchor.
Three former CBS employees who allege that Charlie Rose sexually harassed them are suing him.
Rose was sued in 1986 by several women alleging sexual misconduct, which the network settled discreetly.
The allegations include details of comments Rose made about their intelligence and their ethnicity.
CBS never responded to the complaint, according to the lawsuit, which states the network "subsequently questioned the accuracy of her timesheets and told her that she would be replaced as an anchor assistant and would not be able to apply to work for the show's new co-anchor, John Dickerson". They allege Rose pulled them close to his body and kissed them on the cheek. The suit also states that Rose referred to Wei as "China doll", caressed her arms, and whispered in her ear "Happy birthday, dear". The woman said she complained to PBS management and was told that Rose was harmless.
CBS did not provide immediate comment on the lawsuit Friday.
Wei has taken medical leave from the show. Hours later, three new accusers at CBS News made further claims against Rose.
Eleanor McManus, co-founder of Press Forward, a group of women who have been victims of sexual misconduct in newsrooms, said the Post report illustrated a systematic problem across news organizations that needed to be addressed.
The lawsuit alleges that Rose subjected the three women to verbal sexual harassment, unlawful physical touching and sexual advances.