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Report: TV host Charlie Rose accused of sexual harassment

FILE - In this April 26, 2016 file photo, Charlie Rose attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Eight women have alleged that longtime TV host Charlie Rose sexually harassed them, The Washington Post reported Monday.

They accuse Rose, 75, of various acts of sexual misconduct, including inappropriate phone calls, walking around naked and groping their bodies.

Rose, whose namesake show airs on PBS, is also a co-host on "CBS This Morning" and a correspondent on "60 Minutes."

Both networks have since taken action against the journalist; PBS said it is immediately halting distribution of his program and CBS News has suspended him.

The women, three of whom agreed to speak on the record, were either employed or looking to be employed on the "Charlie Rose" show at the time of the misconduct.

They were between the ages of 21 and 37 when the advances took place; the Post spoke with friends or family members of all the women who were able to corroborate their statements.

“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,” Rose said in a statement to The Post. “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"

The report comes as several in media and politics face allegations of sexual misconduct. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush are just a few of the figures grappling to recover from related accusations.

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