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Duke alum Charlie Rose has been accused of sexual harassment by eight women

Today, the Washington Post published a report in which eight women have accused Charlie Rose, Trinity ‘64 and Law ‘68, of unwanted sexual advances. 

According to the report, Rose made lewd phone calls to these women, walked around naked in their presence or groped them. Rose has been suspended by CBS, according to the Associated Press. 

In a statement he provided to the Washington Post, Rose apologized for his behavior, though he also said that he disputed at least some of the allegations. 

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior,” he said. "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.”

In 2016, Duke awarded Rose an honorary degree at commencement, when he also addressed the Duke Law School’s 2016 class. Rose was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and on The Chronicle's staff at Duke. In 2000, he received the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy’s Futrell Award

Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, declined to comment at this time. 

Editor's note: This article was updated at 6:15 p.m., Monday, to note that Rose had been suspended from CBS, and at 11:06 p.m. Monday to include Schoenfeld's decision not to comment. 


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