The women suing Charlie Rose for sexual harassment don’t believe he should be granted an extension to respond to their lawsuit because they don’t believe he is too ill to aid in his own defense.
As The Blast first reported, Rose revealed in court documents that he underwent major abdominal surgery last month. His lawyer argued that the “hospitalization and recovery has left him unable to devote the time necessary to work with counsel or prepare a defense to the claims.”
But his accusers, Katherine Brooks Harris, Sydney McNeal and Chelsea Wei aren’t buying it.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, their lawyers claim that Rose’s lawyers “essentially conceded that Mr. Rose is not incapacitated.”
They argue that it is “reasonable to assume that Mr. Rose, if needed, can review a pleading that his attorneys have had 69 days to prepare.”
A judge has yet to rule.
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.