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CBS reaches settlement with 3 female employees who sued over Charlie Rose sexual harassment claims

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CBS has come to a settlement with three former employees who sued the network over claims that executives didn’t protect them from being sexually harassed by veteran journalist Charlie Rose, the New York Times reports. Rose, who has also been sued by the women, was not involved in the settlement.

Charlie Rose was fired by CBS following multiple claims of sexual harassment. (Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Charlie Rose was fired by CBS following multiple claims of sexual harassment. (Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

CBS News spokeswoman Christa Robinson confirmed that the network had “resolved” the matter but noted that the women — Katherine Harris, Sydney McNeal and Yuqing Wei — had requested that the financial sum not be made public.

Harris, McNeal and Wei worked for CBS during Rose’s tenure as a host for CBS This Morning and a correspondent for 60 Minutes. Rose was fired in November 2017 after the Washington Post reported that eight women had come forward with allegations that he had sexually harassed them. Other women later reported incidents involving Rose at CBS News. PBS also ended its relationship with the newsman.

Those women include Harris, McNeal and Wei, who filed a lawsuit against both Rose and CBS claiming that they were subjected to “ongoing and unlawful physical and verbal sexual harassment,” including inappropriate language, unwanted physical contact and sexual advances.

In September Rose’s lawyers filed a motion accusing the three women of “exploiting the #MeToo movement and bootstrapping the accusations of sexual harassment made by third parties against Rose in articles published by the Washington Post.”

CBS, meanwhile, has been involved in multiple cases of alleged sexual misconduct against Don Hewitt and Jeff Fager at 60 Minutes and disgraced CEO Les Moonves, who stepped down this fall.

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