Megan Creydt is one of 13 women who has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against longtime talk show host Charlie Rose. However, Creydt is only one of three women to speak on the record about Rose’s unwanted sexual advances. Rose has since been fired from his job on CBS, and distribution of his talk show will no longer be airing on PBS, Bloomberg LP, and CBS.
According to a report from The Washington Post, all the women who have spoken out against Rose either worked for him or aspired to work for him on his show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011. The ages of the women vary from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters with Rose. The women who haven’t spoken on the record regarding the allegations claim that they fear Rose’s statue in the industry.
What are Megan Creydt allegations?
Megan Creydt worked as a coordinator for Charlie Rose from 2005 to 2006. During that time, she accuses Rose of inappropriately touching her thigh. She said, “I tensed up. I didn’t move his hand off, but I pulled my legs to the other side of the car. I tried not to get in a car with him ever again. I think he was testing me out.”
Rose has apologized for his behavior in a statement released on Monday, November 20, shortly after the allegations were made public.
“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 provided 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.
“I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too. All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
Following the publication of The Washington Post story, Rose was suspended from his job at CBS News. He was then fired hours later. CBS News President David Rhodes released a statement regarding Rose’s firing:
“A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.
Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace-a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place.
I’ve often heard that things used to be different. And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable.
CBS News has reported on extraordinary revelations at other media companies this year and last. Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior. That is why we have taken these actions.
Let’s please remember our obligations to each other as colleagues. We will have human resources support today and every day, and we are organizing more personal and direct training which you will hear about from senior management shortly.
I’m deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized-and that even people not connected with these events could see their hard work undermined. If all of us commit to the best behavior and the best work – that is what we can be known for.”
Charlie Rose was approached outside his apartment on Monday evening and asked if he cared to comment on the people accusing him of “wrong-doings.” Rose replied, “It’s not wrong-doings.”