But Rose says he was only supportive of Elliott. "This is not the man I know, but I'm clearly on the side of the women who have been very hurt and very damaged by this", she added.
"He doesn't get a pass because I can't stop thinking about the anguish of these women; what happened to their dignity, what happened to their bodies, what happened to maybe even their careers", King said. She also expressed empathy for Rose, saying she thinks he is "troubled" and that "we all have issues in life".
And new accusers have come forward - this time women who work at CBS.
The statement continues, "I am greatly embarrassed".
The Post said that in addition to the eight women, the newspaper spoke to about two dozen former employees of Rose on condition of anonymity and that six said they had seen what they considered to be harassment, and eight said they were not comfortable with the host's treatment of his female employees. The third woman said she had experienced harassment, but wished to keep the specifics to herself.
"A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News, effective immediately", said a statement posted to Twitter from CBS News President David Rhodes. Insiders say it was Rose who, this year, helped get Elliott fired from CBS after he decided the younger anchor was a threat. His presence is largely credited with much-improved ratings for the network during the morning show bloc.
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"I proceeded to go into the living room, and he said, 'I want to show you this scene from this movie, ' and he said, 'Have a seat, ' you know, 'relax, ' and he proceeded to turn on the film Secretary, which is a sexually involved film involving S&M, unfortunately".
Carroll said in subsequent tweets that she never believed that Rose treated African-Americans as his equals. How do you wrap your brain around that? "I really am still reeling".
The women's allegations against Rose date back to the 1990s, when Rose turned nascent acclaim for his self-titled show into one of the most powerful programs in journalism.
After he was sacked, CBS News said three more women who worked with Rose at CBS also accused him of sexual misconduct.
Bloomberg TV confirmed it had severed ties with Rose, but had no further comment as of Tuesday afternoon. Rose also faces several allegations of unwanted groping from six separate women. "This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women", said O'Donnell.
That defiance was at odds with an earlier statement in which he said "I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior".