Charlie Rose is aggressively defending himself against a sexual harassment lawsuit by claiming the women suing him are “exploiting the #MeToo Movement.”
After repeated delays following a health scare in July, Rose has filed his motion to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by three former female staffers.
In his filing, the former CBS News anchor says the women suing him are “exploiting the #MeToo Movement” and “bootstrapping the accusations of sexual harassment made by third parties against Rose in articles published by The Washington Post.”
Rose also argues that alleged examples of misconduct “are devoid of factual context.”
“The Complaint attempts to seize upon routine workplace interactions and banter and spin them into actionable conduct by omitting the context and tone and using suggestive language,” the docs state. “In the absence of the context, tone, and setting in which comments allegedly were made by Rose or in which Rose allegedly ‘touched’ any of the Plaintiffs, the Complaint does not establish that a reasonable person in Plaintiffs’ employment relationship would have perceived the alleged conduct as unwanted gender-based conduct. The conclusory examples are meaningless.”
Charlie Rose was sued in May by three former female staffers, all in their mid-20s. According to Deadline, the women claimed they Rose “subjected Plaintiffs to repeated, ongoing and unlawful physical and verbal sexual harassment, including without limitation: (a) sexual touching; (b) sexual comments; and (c) sexual advances.”
Rose was fired last November following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.