CBS News suspends Charlie Rose following sexual harassment allegations

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NEW YORK (AP) - CBS News suspends Charlie Rose, PBS to halt production and distribution of show following sexual harassment report .

The Washington Post says eight women have accused television host Charlie Rose of multiple unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate behavior including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

“It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed," Rose said in a statement to The Washington Post. "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."

Rose's PBS show features his in-depth interviews with newsmakers. The 75-year-old journalist is one of three hosts of "CBS This Morning" and is also a contributor to "60 Minutes."