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Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Mario Batali reportedly under NYPD investigation for two separate sexual assault allegations
Anderson Cooper revealed at the end of his 60 Minutes story on Batali's sexual misconduct that the NYPD is investigating the former Food Network star for a sexual assault incident that allegedly took place at his New York City eatery The Spotted Pig in 2005. The accuser, a former Batali employee who appeared on 60 Minutes anonymously, said she joined Batali for a glass of wine, but she barely remembered what happened next. When she woke up in the morning, she says she found "deep scratches" on her leg and semen on her skirt. Meanwhile, TMZ reports the NYPD is investigating a second woman's allegation that Batali raped her in 2004 at Babbo, another of his New York City restaurants. TMZ reports the woman was a customer who went upstairs to use the bathroom at 2 a.m. The next thing she remembered is Batali allegedly on top of her. TMZ says the woman filed a police report in March of this year. Batali issued a statement to 60 Minutes denying the first allegation, saying: “I vehemently deny the allegation that I sexually assaulted this woman. My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. I am not attempting a professional comeback."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
60 Minutes to tackle the Mario Batali sexual harassment scandal
On Sunday's episode of the CBS News magazine, Anderson Cooper interviews those who were “sexually harassed or assaulted” at one of the restaurants Batali co-owned.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Face the Nation is getting a facelift
Now that the venerable CBS News public-affairs program has a new host in Margaret Brennan, it will get a new set, new music and new graphics. "I guess I’m the biggest change,” jokes Brennan. “The rest of it will sort of become apparent this Sunday.”
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
FCC received only three complaints over 60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels interview
"I tuned in to watch 60 Minutes on Sunday March 25. Somehow Pornhub showed up on my TV. Very disturbing," said one complaint. Another called the segment a "commercial" that was "disgusting" to watch. A third complaint said: "SHAME ON 60 MINUTES!! THEY ARE NOW THE T.V. VERSION OF THE NATIONALENQURIER."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
CBS and Charlie Rose sued by three former staffers for sexual harassment
Former CBS News broadcast associate Katherine Brooks Harris, ex-news associate Yuqing "Chelsea" Wei and Rose's former executive assistant Sydney McNeal -- who were all cited in Thursday's Washington Post story on Rose -- have filed a lawsuit against CBS News and the disgraced former CBS This Morning anchor. All three women allege that Rose berated and intimidated them, boasted about his sexual conquests and encouraged them to share their sexual experiences, according to TMZ. They all say that Rose would repeatedly caress and touch their bodies. Wei said Rose would refer to her as "China Doll" and that he once called her a "f*cking idiot." Harris and McNeal say Rose fired them after The Washington Post's bombshell story last November that resulted in his firing. ALSO: Former Charlie Rose intern writes in detail of his "narcissism, temper, and licentiousness."
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
A Charlie Rose #MeToo redemption show sounds absurd, but don't be shocked if it ever does happen
The overwhelming response to last week's Page Six story is that "this would NEVER, EVER happen," says Matthew Gilbert. But he says in an era where O.J. Simpson's If I Did It is a possibility, anything can happen. "I can just see some producer putting together a low-budget affair starring Rose and streaming it through Rose’s website, perhaps, or a site with a less obvious stigma," says Gilbert. "I can see people watching it, especially those who find the #MeToo movement to be an expression of liberal political correctness, those who feel that women shouldn’t be so sensitive and difficult. I can see the show developing a loyal following, just as off-kilter sites such as Alex Jones’s InfoWars have. It’s hard to believe Charlie Rose’s Bathrobe Confessions would ever come into existence. But I remember the disbelief I felt in the late 1990s, when I first heard about an upcoming TV series where — oh my God — they actually leave a group of people in the wild to see if they can survive."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
Charlie Rose's alleged sexual misconduct was widespread at CBS News; 27 new women come forward
The Washington Post, which reported first reported on Rose's sexual harassment allegations at PBS last November, has learned that the former CBS This Morning co-anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent also allegedly sexually harassed many female staffers at CBS News. CBS News managers received complaints about Rose's behavior as early as 1986 and as late as April 2017. The Post spoke to 14 CBS News employees who accuse Rose of sexual harassment and 13 women who worked with him elsewhere. The new allegations date back to 1976, when a former research assistant at NBC News' Washington bureau says Rose exposed his penis to her and touched her breasts. Meanwhile, at CBS News, "some women who said they were harassed said they feared reporting the violations to executives, whom they viewed as prioritizing the careers of male stars," report Amy Brittain and Irin Carmon, who broke the first Charlie Rose story. In all, three CBS managers were warned over a 30-year period of Rose's behavior. When asked to respond to the new allegations, Rose sent a one-sentence email: “Your story is unfair and inaccurate.” CBS News issued a statement in response to The Post's article: “Since we terminated Charlie Rose, we’ve worked to strengthen existing systems to ensure a safe environment where everyone can do their best work. Some of the actions we have taken have been reported publicly, some have not. We offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take swift action when we learn of unacceptable behavior. That said, we cannot corroborate or confirm many of the situations described. We continue to look for ways to improve our workplace and this period of reflection and action has been important to all of us. We are not done with this process.” ALSO: Gayle King responds on CBS This Morning: "I have a very bad case of deja vu, I have to say. I feel sick to my stomach. I don't know what to say about this."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan is expecting her first child
The new host of the CBS News Sunday morning news show announced the news to Stephen Colbert on Monday night. “I do have some breaking personal news," she said. "My husband and I are going to be welcoming a baby in September, a baby boy! Do you have any advice?”
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 2:50PM EDT
CBS News initially botched the Bill Cosby verdict as "a win for the Cosby camp"
CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor announced the verdict correctly in a special report on Thursday. But CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan got it wrong when he went to her live. “Well, I think, obviously, this is a win for the Cosby camp and a big loss for those who were hoping to see Bill Cosby behind bars and serve time for these alleged sexual assaults," she said.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 5:39PM EDT
John Dickerson's book on his mom, CBS News pioneering journalist Nancy Dickerson, to be adapted as a Showtime movie
Stephen Colbert and his wife, Evelyn McGee Colbert, are producing the Showtime original movie Hello Nancy based on the CBS This Morning co-anchor 's 2006 book on his late mom, On Her Trail, My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News’ First Woman Star. Nancy Dickerson, who died in 1997, was considered the "First Lady of TV News," becoming CBS News' first female correspondent and the first female to anchor a TV news show in the 1960s. She was also the first reporter to speak to President John F. Kennedy after his inauguration.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
60 Minutes earns two Peabody Awards, HBO's Vice News Tonight and CNN each get one
The Peabody Awards named their news winners today, handing two awards to 60 Minutes, including the institutional award for its “The Whistleblower" investigation.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Charlie Rose described as "broken" and "desperately lonely" since his sexual harassment scandal
The Hollywood Reporter describes how Rose was completely ignored last week and had to keep his head down while visiting a popular New York City restaurant. "Dressed in a dark suit, Rose projected dishevelment: his hair messy, his notebook's pages askew, his gait shuffling," writes James Oliver Cury. A source says of Rose's current state: "He's a broken, powerful, old man surrounded by people who love him, but the truth is, he is desperately lonely." ALSO: The Hollywood Reporter criticized for giving Rose the "sob stories" treatment.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
CBS Evening News mistakenly showed an image of Iran for a story about Syria
CBS News later corrected the "PUNISHING SYRIA" graphic from Tuesday night's broadcast.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:05AM EDT
CBS News creates a "working group" to address workplace issues following the Charlie Rose scandal
"We want to listen to your thoughts on workplace issues, to learn about practices and customs that are in our way, to find out what we're doing right and where we need to do better," said CBS News' Karen Raffensperger, the director of standards and practices, in an email to staffers about the initiative she is heading.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Report: CBS executives are "freaking out" over an upcoming Charlie Rose bombshell story
Page Six reports that The Washington Post, which broke the story of Rose's PBS sexual harassment scandal, has been spending months on a new story about Rose's alleged sexual misconduct at CBS. It was The Washington Post's story that resulted in Rose's immediate ouster from both his PBS and CBS jobs. "CBS has been using NDAs to try and suppress potential sources for an upcoming exposé about Charlie Rose’s sexual misconduct," reports Page Six. "And top network execs who worked on Rose’s shows are panicking that they’ll be accused of turning a blind eye to his sexual misconduct." Page Six notes that Late Show with Stephen Colbert executive producer Chris Licht is among the execs who are "terrified" over the looming report. Licht was previously CBS This Morning's executive producer. CBS News is also being accused of hypocrisy for using non-disclosure agreements to try to silence potential sources, while framing Stormy Daniels as brave for attempting to break her NDA on 60 Minutes.