Three women just filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Charlie Rose, according to TMZ. Veuer’s Sam Berman has the full story.
Buzz60Charlie Rose is facing more harassment allegations, this time from his former makeup artist Gina Riggi.In a lawsuit filed in New York Thursday and obtained by USA TODAY, Riggi alleges Rose “bullied, demeaned and harassed” her throughout her time working for him on “The Charlie Rose Show” and “Charlie Rose: The Week.”According to the complaint, Riggi, 62– who states she has provided makeup services for stars such as Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCarpio – worked for Rose, 77, for 22 years. Rose’s shows were filmed at a Bloomberg studio, portrayed in the lawsuit as “a sexual hunting ground.” Her lawsuit names Rose, Charlie Rose Inc. and Bloomberg. “At no time was the plaintiff an employee of ours,” Bloomberg spokesperson Ty Trippet told USA TODAY in a statement. “We understand that the plaintiff was a contractor of Charlie Rose Inc., and given that they operated independently of us, any of her compensation would have been handled solely by Charlie Rose Inc.”Trippet added the company has “no records of any complaint.”USA TODAY has reached out to Rose’s attorney for comment.More: Charlie Rose, CBS News sued for sexual harassment by three former women co-workersRiggi’s attorney Patrick J. Walsh condemned Rose in a statement to USA TODAY.“For years, Charlie Rose subjected Ms. Riggi to a toxic, misogynistic work environment, sexually harassing her female co-workers, and demeaning, degrading and belittling her and other women who worked on the show,” he said. Walsh says his client “complained to Bloomberg supervisors, who knew about the behavior, but they did nothing to stop it.”Famed TV journalist Charlie Rose has been hit with another harassment lawsuit, this time by his former makeup artist Gina Riggi. (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz)The lawsuit details several accounts of alleged harassment suffered by Riggi at the hands of Rose.On set, Rose “regularly swatted at her physically as she attempted to comb his hair or adjust his makeup,” according to the lawsuit. “On one occasion, while taping on location outside of the studio, Rose became upset while Riggi applied his makeup, and forcefully grabbed and twisted her arm, physically hurting her.”Riggi “resorted to using a large hand mirror as a shield so that Rose could not physically assault her.”More: CBS fires Charlie Rose after sexual-misconduct claims surface; PBS drops his showRiggi says after she reported the incident to human resources, Rose retaliated by asking younger female staffers to touch up his makeup on set. She also alleges Rose made inappropriate statements about her weight in front of their colleagues.According to the lawsuit, Riggi’s makeup room as well as the Green Room became “a hub for the show’s female staff and interns, who congregated there to take refuge from Rose’s harassment and abuse.”In the lawsuit, Riggi includes a litany of examples of how Riggi witnessed her female colleagues harassed. When complaints of Rose’s behavior were brought to Bloomberg, the instances were dismissed as “http://www.usatoday.com/”Just Charlie being Charlie,”http://www.usatoday.com/” the lawsuit says.More: Charlie Rose’s former employer CBS knew of alleged misconduct, ‘Washington Post’ reportsLast year, a Washington Post story chronicled accusations of sexual harassment against Rose by 27 women. Their accusations followed a November 2017 Post story in which eight women said Rose had sexually harassed them in incidents occurring over two decades. Subsequently, Rose was fired by CBS and PBS dropped his long-running interview show.After the accusations were published, three former co-workers filed a sexual harassment suit against Charlie Rose and CBS News. They charged the former CBS “This Morning” co-host and “60 Minutes” contributor with “blatant and repeated sexual harassment” committed against the “three junior female employees in their 20s.”Contributing: Mark SniderAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2019/09/20/charlie-rose-sued-harassment-longtime-makeup-artist-gina-riggi/2390753001/