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Charlie Rose Responds to Allegations of Pervasive Sexual Harassment

The long and heretofore illustrious career of Charlie Rose may be over.

The veteran journalist has been suspended by PBS and CBS amidst accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

The accusations have been made by eight different women.

In a bombshell report published on Monday by The Washington Post, these alleged victims shared eerily similar stories about how the reporter would act in horribly inappropriate ways toward them.

There are accusations that Rose would place sexually explicit phone calls… expose his genitalia… and grope the women without their permission.

Three of the women spoke on the record, while five spoke on the condition of anonymity.

But all expressed stories that detailed how Rose would either walk out of a shower, naked, in their presence; and/or would grope their buttocks at company parties; and/or place his hand on their upper thigh, awaiting a reaction.

Said Reah Bravo, who worked as an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007:

“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were.

“He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”

The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at The Charlie Rose Show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011.

They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the reported encounters.

Rose is 75 years old and his one-on-one interview program airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV.

He also co-hosts CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.

“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 Washington Post, adding:

“Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”

He continued as follows:

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.

Shortly after news of Rose’s allegations broke, PBS announced it is stopping production on the anchor’s self-titled program.

Meanwhile, CBS News has also suspended him from his regular duties.

Rose is the latest major name to be accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.

Several weeks ago, allegations of assault were leveled by countless women against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, women around the country have been empowered to speak up, with stories popping up nearly everyday about allegedly heinous acts committed by such stars as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor.

We salute these victims for coming forward.

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Stephen Colbert Grills Ben Affleck on Sexual Harassment Allegations

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals, numerous Hollywood power players have been taken to task for their deplorable behavior toward women, minors, and others in vulnerable positions. 

Some were complicit in Weintstein’s behavior, while others engaged in abuse and harassment of their own that was brought to light thanks to the example set by the disgraced mogul’s courageous accusers.

Ben Affleck falls into both categories.

Along with his childhood friend Matt Damon, Affleck rose to prominence with his performance in Goodwill Hunting, a film he also co-wrote with Damon, earning them a pair of Best Original Screenplay Oscars.

Like so many other films produced conglomerate-owned “indie” studios in the early ’90s, Hunting was ushered into existence by Harney Weinstein.

So like Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and many others, Affleck and Damon were faced with some difficult questions following the revelations of Weinstein’s rampant abuse.

Primarily, the public wanted to know if these men were aware of Weinstein’s behavior and if they took any steps to prevent it.

Before he even had a chance to issue response, however, Affleck was accused of groping an MTV host and behaving inappropriately with a Canadian entertainment journalist.

The father of three laid low for a few weeks after that, and it’s been widely rumored that Affleck checked back into rehab recently.

Of course, Affleck long ago made the leap from indie darling to superhero franchise anchor, which means that when promotional obligations arise, he doesn’t have the option of keeping a low profile, even when he’s riding out a scandal.

As such, Affleck stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night for an interview with a host whose been outspoken in his disgust with the recent round of appalling reports coming out of Hollywood.

“I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologized for it,” Affleck responded in response to Colbert’s question about allegations that he groped Hilarie Burton back in 2003.

“I certainly don’t think she’s lying or making it up,” he added.

“It’s just the kind of thing that we have to as men, I think, as we become more aware of this, be really, really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable and say, ‘If I was ever part of the problem, I want to change. I want to be part of the solution,’ and to not shy away from these uncomfortable or awkward or strange encounters that we might’ve had where we were sort of navigating and not knowing.”

It’s a bit odd that Affleck suggested there might be any doubt as to whether or not the incident took place, considering it was caught on camera, but … at least he’s trying?

Asked about his ties to Weinstein, Affleck had this to say:

“It was awful to see the extent of these terrible crimes and it was hideous. I haven’t worked for Harvey in more than 15 years, but nonetheless, I felt this attachment.

“I did movies like Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love and Chasing Amy – early movies that I really loved doing, when I still was totally brand new.

“And so it sort of rained that a little bit to realize while we were having these experiences and making these movies, there were people who ere suffering and dealing with awful experiences. I didn’t really know what to do with that, you know? It’s hard to know.”

Again, it would have been better if Ben didn’t feel the need to preface his remarks with a lame attempt at self-absolution (“Sure Harvey basically kicked off my career, but we haven’t worked together … since I was in my thirties!”) but at least he’s taking part in this crucial conversation.

The fact is, that in the weeks to follow more stars and power players, some of whom may be deeply beloved by large segments of the population, will be implicated in acts of sexual misconduct of varying severity.

For some, there can be no redemption.

For others may find themselves in positions where forgiveness might be possible, but it certainly won’t come easy.

Ben’s right when he says men in all industries and of all orientations must be more mindful of his behavior.

We just wish his comments didn’t come on the heels of a whole lot of back-pedaling and justification.

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Jenelle Evans on Husband’s Abuse Allegations: He Probably Didn’t Do It, Dude!

Let's be real, Jenelle Evans has never been the brightest crayon in the box.

Remember when she actually, honest to goodness believed that her lawyer could get her out of jail time because she had a Kesha concert to attend?

Like, yes, that was the reason she got all those feathers in her hair, and Kesha was her idol, but … really, girl?

That was several years ago, and you'd think that she'd have taken the opportunity to grow up at least a little since then.

But it simply has not happened.

Let's take a good, hard look at Jenelle's latest scandal, and her response to it.

Just for fun, but also to come to terms with the fact that there is literally no hope left for humanity …

1. David Eason = Bad News

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OK, so Jenelle has been with David Eason for a couple of years now, right? And it’s important to remember that Jenelle has never, ever dated a good guy. Probably because good guys aren’t so interested in girls with over a dozen mug shots who have also done heroin on national television.

2. David’s Crimes

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Before getting with Jenelle, David was accused of assaulting his heavily pregnant girlfriend, and also of strangling her shortly after she gave birth to their child. He’s also been charged with crimes like breaking and entering and larceny.

3. Red Flags

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In fact, until just a few weeks ago, David was considered such an awful person that he wasn’t allowed to see his own son. His ex filed an order of protection that made it illegal for him to contact the kid, and he almost went to jail for violating the order when he saw his son in a grocery store and approached him for a hug.

4. … More Red Flags

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As if all that wasn’t bad enough, Teen Mom 2 fans quickly developed a hatred for David after he was shown being overly aggressive and mean with Jenelle’s two sons. We saw him get angry at Kaiser, who was barely a toddler at the time, for not behaving, and we also saw him call Kaiser a “screaming little bitch.”

5. Just Red Flags as Far as the Eye Can See

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Things are so bad between David and Jenelle’s sons that we’ve heard that Jace has told his therapist that he’s afraid of David. He even told Jenelle several times that he didn’t want her to marry him.

6. Poor Babs 🙁

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Another awful thing about David is the way he tries to alienate Jenelle from her mother, Barbara. He’s insisted that she call her by her name instead of calling her “mom,” and Barbara has said that he’s the worst guy Jenelle’s ever dated. Which is saying a lot.

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Leah Messer Addresses Drug Use Allegations: Should Fans Be Concerned?

If you watch Teen Mom 2 online, then you're likely aware of Leah Messer's past struggles with substance abuse.

Leah checked into rehab in 2015, and while the decision to seek treatment came on the heels of a very public struggle with prescription pill addiction, Messer insists the two developments are unrelated.

In fact, despite footage that seems to indicate otherwise, Leah says she was never addicted to drugs.

Fans of the show beg to differ, and many have taken to social media to plead with Leah to be more straightforward about her past.

Here's a rundown of the situation:

1. Leah Messer: Victim of a Public Health Crisis?

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Leah lives in the heart of coal country, an area that’s been ravaged by opioid addiction in recent years. Many fans believe she fell victim to this modern plague, but is unwilling to publicly admit to her struggles.

2. Leah’s Rock Bottom?

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In one harrowing scene that was captured by Teen Mom 2 cameras, Leah passed out while sitting up and holding a friend’s baby. Many believe it was the rock bottom that convinced her to get help.

3. Leah Seeks Treatment

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Not long after that incident, Leah checked into an in-patient treatment facility. Strangely, however, she still refused to admit that she’d been struggling with substance abuse.

4. Drugs, Depression, or Both?

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Leah says she was struggling with a number of emotional issues, such as anxiety and depression. She does not, however, admit to using prescription drugs to self-medicate.

5. A Difficult Time

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All of this occurred during an incredibly tumultuous time in Leah’s life. When she checked into rehab, Messer was in the midst of a divorce from her second husband, Jeremy Calvert, and a custody battle with her first husband, Corey Simms.

6. Perpetuating the Stigma

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Some fans feel that by refusing to admit she briefly struggled with substance abuse, Leah is perpetuating a harmful stigma and passing up the opportunity to spark a meaningful conversation about a deadly epidemic.

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